Naomi & The Reckoning
Naomi & The Reckoning (Finishing Line Press, 2020) is a novelette that follows Naomi, a young woman with a physical deformity living in Richmond, VA. Struggling with body acceptance all her life, Naomi also comes from a strict religious upbringing. Purity culture further complicated her relationship with her body and, now recently married, she can’t find sexual satisfaction. The short story "Naomi," which makes up the bulk of the book, first appeared in the now-defunct literary magazine Vanilla Sex in 2017.
Order a physical copy of the Naomi & The Reckoning book here. Naomi & The Reckoning is also an audiobook and an experimental film. Check out the audiobook here; check out the experimental film here.
Reviews of the Naomi & The Reckoning book have appeared in Glassworks and Broads Non Grata.
"In this novelette, Stoddard brings forth a question that most women seem to have; why are these things never spoken of? Naomi & the Reckoning divulges the world’s sickening truths about women and how they are treated. She not only brings a certain awareness to the problem at hand, but also discusses a wide range of topics that her female audience can relate to; seeking comfort in the fact that they are not alone, finding a sort of consolation in this age of realization. This novelette was an outstanding read, and I hope to see more of what Stoddard has to offer for females as we attempt to mend the attitude towards who a woman is supposed to be."
–Angela Faustino, Glassworks editor