Seven years ago Bernadette Macomber did everything she could to cut ties to her father Fabian, his opiate addiction, gun collection, and increasingly bizarre behavior. She moved with her husband and four children, with no return address. Now, following his suicide, her father paradoxically makes contact again, and Bernadette finds herself not liberated, but tethered to him ever more tightly by the bonds of familial guilt. Desperate for absolution, Bernie returns to her father’s home to hunt for evidence of his insanity.
Meanwhile, in his ongoing quest for freedom via any available loophole, Fabian runs straight into his jailor, the demon/angel Bune in the afterlife space of Corridor Nine. Only a father and daughter reunion can grant them both the liberty they seek.
“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
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