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Walking Leonard & Other Stories
Guernica Editions, Spring 2021
170 pages
Trade Paperback
ISBN13: 9781771835848
ISBN10: 1771835842
$20.00 Canada, $17.95 US, £11.95 UK


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The stories in Walking Leonard and Other Stories depict unspoken pivot points in the lives of ordinary people. Themes include responsibility and violation between parent and child, nature as a protective force, and the shucking off of various selves in the process of a lifetime. The stories spring from the foothills of southern Alberta, specifically Calgary, and some even more specifically from the historic neighbourhood of Bowness, once a small town in its own right.
A family lived in our house in the 1940's; I think not the people who built it, but the family after. Late one winter they panicked and tried to walk out. The river rose with the spring thaw and flooded our street. The water filled the basements and then the first stories. This was before they'd built the Bearspaw Dam to stop the ice jam flooding. They couldn't leave by the road and maybe they ran out of food, because they decided to hike out on the railway tracks.

Books by Sophie Stocking

Walking Leonard & Other Stories