and Other Stories
“From a technical standpoint and from the point of pure enjoyment, this collection of stories is moving and incredibly powerful. The writing is beautiful and the stories carry you along effortlessly, giving you intimate and touching glimpses into the tender and scoured lives of everyday people.”
- Hollay Ghadery | Goodreads
"Sophie Stocking's Corridor Nine is a brilliant exploration of guilt and remorse, the conflicted emotions elicited by the death of a father who was both angel and gorgon. Blackly comic and hilariously revelatory, this story faces head-on the challenges of parental nourishment and neglect. Combining domestic conflagration with powerful enlightenment, it performs a song of generous forgiveness. A mesmerizing novel." - Aritha van Herk
Upcoming works from Sophie Stocking, including Sweet Home Bakery, a taste of Sophie's first foray into writing and illustrating a children's book.
Sweet Home Bakery
Lina Millstone (retired chemist) and Jane Birdswell (old artist) live across the street from each other. Each morning they see each other at the Sweet Home Bakery where they buy their breakfast.
“What a fluff head,” thinks Lina eyeing Jane’s chocolate croissant and cappuccino.
“What a stiff neck,” thinks Jane, observing Lina’s green smoothie and power muffin.
Then they smile and say, “Good morning!” like they do every day. But one morning, a scruffy mutt shows up at the bakery, tipping the ladies into a battle of temperaments for the homeless dog’s affection.
At twenty five, Issebeau Elenor Burke made a decision that steered her life in a decisive trajectory. Now with her marriage balanced on the brink and her three children on the verge of independence, Issebeau's dabbling in the esoteric leads to increasingly mysterious territory. One drunken lonely night Izzy goes to check on a falcon trapped in her backyard greenhouse. Stepping over the threshold, she finds the falcon, its owner, and someone she thought she'd lost long ago. In following two paths towards redemption, Cleave Me explores the repurcussions of choice and regret in the lives of women.
All that separates the boutique gym Torqued and the subsidized apartment building, Freedom House, are a Mercedes and Audi filled parking lot, and the plate glass window of the gymn's exercise studio. Ruminating on the wealth within the gym versus her own penury, Amber Davies watches from her tiny balcony and concocts a route towards freedom for herself and her kindergarten son Max. Chaos and revelation unfold. No one can stand unchanged in the wake of Amber Davies.