WINNER OF THE 2013 Stephen Leacock Award for Canadian Humour Writing!
27-year-old Frieda Zweig is at an impasse. Behind her is a string of failed relationships and half-forgotten ambitions of being a painter; in front of her lies the dreary task of finding a real job and figuring out what “normal” people do with their lives. Then, a classified ad in the local paper introduces Frieda to Gladys, an elderly woman who long ago gave up on her dreams of being a dancer. The catch? Gladys is a ghost.
In Dance, Gladys, Dance, Cassie Stocks tells the uplifting story of a woman whose uncanny connection with a kindred spirit causes her to see her life in a new way—as anything but ordinary.
Praise for Dance, Gladys, Dance
"Dance, Gladys, Dance is a lovely demonstration of the importance of creating, whether it’s art, friends or food. Connection—reaching out to others—is the ultimate value of this charming and thoughtful novel. "
~ The Globe and Mail
"[a]n entertaining blend of humour and pathos, friends and families, the living and the dead. "
~ Anjana Balakrishnan, Herizons Magazine
"[t]he characters are zany and interesting, and, while Stocks has a witty tone, she deals with very serious, sometimes downright devastating, themes. "
~ Caroline Barlott, Avenue Edmonton
"I loved hanging out with the characters in this book. "
~ Joy Fisher, The Coastal Spectator
Cassie Stocks, in 2013, became the first woman in seventeen years to be awarded the Leacock Medal for humour writing for her novel Dance, Gladys, Dance. She has been published in magazines and journals such as Avenue, Literary Mama, Other Voices and Reader’s Digest. Cassie lives in Eston, Saskatchewan, and is the town librarian.