STASH is a collection of four short stories each portraying a woman’s experience at a pivotal stage in her life.
In STASH, the story the collection is named after, we meet Valerie. A girl on the cusp of her womanhood, who sneaks nips of her alcoholic mother’s vodka, steals away her fags and pills, and stashes porn magazines in a hollowed out tree in the farmer’s fields next door. One day her collection goes missing. As her world falls apart she gets the one thing she’s been hankering after - only to find its not at all what she expected.
We also hear the stories of a woman who looses her body at the end of a Pilates class, another who turns an absence into a presence, and we find out that Love is in fact a dangerous virus, but thankfully there’s a vaccine.
|Publisher:||L M Payne|
|File size:||121 KB|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
I've been an aromatherapist, a roller-girl, a DJ, a singer in a band, a designer, a craft tutor, and an organic farmer. But I've always been a writer. I wrote my first short story when I was twelve featuring "Martian Kemp". No, not an early attempt at cross-genre Spandau Ballet alien fan fiction, just bad spelling. Since then I've written numerous short stories, articles and essays, as well as keeping a journal for over 20 years; and my spelling has greatly improved. I write fiction and non-fiction and am a member of the Alliance of Independent Authors. My fiction blends my love of counter culture and the subversive in a contemporary style and features strong female characters. For my non-fiction, I regularly write book reviews and articles on various topics about the crafting community, sustainable living and eating seasonably. I'm a regular contributor to UK Handmade magazine, an online design magazine.