$19.95 CAD

Dance, Gladys, Dance

Cassie Stocks 978-1-897126-76-9 | 344 Pages March, 2012 Audiobook, Ebook, Fiction, Humour, Nunatak First Fiction Series, Women's Literature

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About this book


Twenty-seven-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.

winner of the 2013 Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour

available as an audiobook on Audible

• nominated for First Book Award, 2013 Saskatchewan Book Awards

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Gladys reviewed on Global Regina Morning News

interview with the Western Producer


"Dance, Gladys, Dance is a winner. You don't want to stop reading."

~ Sharon Butala

"Provocative, compelling, and filled with unexpected humour, Dance, Gladys, Dance is a delightful read."

~ Donna Milner

"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

"What a wonderful gem of a novel! Dance, Gladys, Dance is a fun novel with a serious side too and from the first page I was hooked and couldn’t put it down."

~ Peeking Between the Pages

"Fun from page one to the end!"

~ Catholic Canada

"I can’t think of the last time a book made me laugh (many times!) and cry (again, many times!)."

~ Book Drunkard

"At its heart this story is about creating a life: whether that's through art, craft, business or relationships. I loved how Stocks takes fine art, domestic craft and feminism and stirs them all into a story that, despite its darker moments, sadnesses and soul-searching, ends up being uplifting and life-affirming. This book satisfies, and entertains, and provokes thought. A perfect book to sit down and discuss with other readers, with all its twists and turns and Ideas. A fabulous debut!"

~ The Indextrious Reader

"[a]n entertaining blend of humour and pathos, friends and families, the living and the dead."

~ Anjana Balakrishnan, Herizons Magazine

 "Dance, Gladys, Dance makes some pointed feminist and social commentary amid the sarcasm and depravity." full review

~ Devin Pacholik, Pages and Patches

"[t]he characters are zany and interesting, and, while Stocks has a witty tone, she deals with very serious, sometimes downright devastating, themes." full review

~ Caroline Barlott, Avenue Edmonton

"I loved hanging out with the characters in this book." full review

~ Joy Fisher, The Coastal Spectator