"LeBlanc surprises and disturbs, to the reader's intense anguish - in this collection's case, a good thing." - Winnipeg Free Press
"Original, inherently fascinating, and with a narrative storytelling style that is ideal for Gothic fiction and the short story format. . . a highly recommended pick." - Midwest Book Review
Homebodies is an uncanny and ghostly debut with stories that provoke dread, abjection, and horror. The tales are intertwined and linked like a chain of dried daisies or butterfly legs: someone you used to know is on trial for murder. You work at a funeral home. Your dead grandmother calls you on the phone. You pin and preserve butterflies on a corkboard as a strange girl knocks on your door. You put a bike lock on the fridge. You sleepwalk. You attend a party. You get sick. You get an IV infusion. You don't get better.
The stories in Homebodies show that you don't need a house to be haunted - the body can do that all on its own.
About this Author
Amy LeBlanc is a PhD student in English and creative writing at the University of Calgary. Amy's debut poetry collection, I know something you don't know, was published with Gordon Hill Press in 2020 and was long listed for the ReLit Award and selected as a finalist for the Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry. Her novella, Unlocking, was published by the University of Calgary Press in 2021 and was a finalist for the Trade Fiction Book of the Year through the Book Publishers Association of Alberta. Amy's second full-length poetry collection, I used to live here, is forthcoming with Gordon Hill Press in spring 2025. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Room, Arc, CV2, Canadian Literature, and the Literary Review of Canada among others. Homebodies is Amy's first short story collection.
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