Taking Baby for a Walk
Sunday morning, in the sleepy town of Stinky Gully, a young girl disappears. Two people hold keys to her rescue but both are too distracted by their own problems to realise. Bree-Anna is hungry and desperate to go to her friend's birthday party. There's no food in the house and her mum is still in bed, so she and her doll Baby set off down the highway to the party. Jake, hot and hungover, is passing through his former home town of Stinky Gully, hoping to spend the day with his daughter. He notices a chubby girl in pink pushing her doll in a stroller and watches her get into an ugly green station wagon. After a fight with his ex-wife, Jake goes to the Stinky Gully pub instead of returning home, and in his despair he misses every reference to the missing girl in town. Eloise works for Bree-Anna's mother, cleaning houses. Eloise also has a photography portfolio deadline, is having an affair with her boss at the Stinky Gully pub, her father's early on-set dementia is getting worse, and her junkie brother wants to visit for Christmas. She barely notices the urine-soaked pink clothes she throws in one of her client's washing machine, and thinks the banging noise in the bedroom is rats. With no one coming to help her, Bree-Anna thinks of all the times she has been brave and decides to escape.
- Paperback | 250 pages
- 140 x 216 x 11.94mm | 267.62g
- 10 Aug 2021
- Odyssey Books
- Fyshwick, ACT, Australia
About Kathryn Gossow
Kathryn Gossow has been writing and publishing short and flash fiction in a variety of genres since 2006. Her debut novel Cassandra was a finalist in the Aurealis Awards for Best Fantasy Novel in 2017. Her second novel, The Dark Poet is a collection of short stories on the dangers of boys with charisma. Her short fiction has appeared in the Gingerbread House, Black Magazine, AntipodeanSF, Diddle Dog, elimae, Salome Magazine, among other publications. Kathryn was the winner of an ASA Mentorship, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and won a commendation for Flash Fiction from Australia Horror Writers' Association. She blogs at www.kathryngossow.net and is a sometimes gardener of her two-acre garden in a pocket of the Brisbane River. When she is writing, her garden is a mess. When she is gardening, she forgets to write. It seems she cannot have both. She writes for that elusive feeling when she gets into the zone and there is nothing else in the world but her and the words that tumble onto the page. She gardens for the tomatoes.