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Dora Dueck -- Book Launch

Tuesday Oct 02 2012 7:00 pm, Winnipeg, Grant Park in the Atrium

Launch of What You Get at Home (Turnstone Press).

Full of longing and melancholy, the stories in What You Get at Home find comfort and understanding in the unlikeliest of places. In "The Rocking Chair" a piece of furniture simultaneously divides a family and heals old wounds. The narrator in the title story finds a sense of belonging and purpose in a small pool of light and her favourite book. In "Chopsticks" a piano in a personal care home reminds a woman of the sense of wonder and admiration she had for her father as a child. With the power of memory the characters that inhabit What You Get at Home find the strength to carry on when life is at its most challenging.

The second oldest of a family of eight children, Dora Dueck grew up in a Mennonite community in Alberta. An editor, writer, and historian, Dora has published two previous novels, Under the Still Standing Sun and This Hidden Thing for which she won the McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award. What You Get at Home is Dora’s first collection of stories. She currently lives and writes in Winnipeg.

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What You Get at Home

- Trade paperback

by Dora Dueck - $19.00 - Add to Cart

Full of longing and melancholy, the stories in What You Get at Home find comfort and understanding in the unlikeliest of places. In "The Rocking Chair" a piece of furniture simultaneously divides a family and heals old wounds. The narrator in the title story finds a sense of belonging and purpose in a small pool of light and her favourite book. In "Chopsticks," a piano in a personal care home reminds a woman of the wonder and admiration she had for her father as a child. With the power of memory, the characters that inhabit What You Get at Home find the strength to carry on when life is at its most challenging. The second oldest of a family of eight children, Dora Dueck grew up in a Mennonite community in Alberta. An editor, writer and historian, Dora has published two previous novels, Under the Still Standing Sun (1989) and This Hidden Thing (2010) for which she won the McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award. What You Get at Home is Dora's first collection of stories. She currently lives and writes in Winnipeg.

This Hidden Thing

- Trade paperback

by Dora Dueck - $19.50 - Add to Cart

Winner of the 2011 McNally Robinson Book of the Year. This Hidden Thing is a lyrical and moving novel that offers one woman’s compelling, ordinary, and surprising life. "I never knew what the next page of This Hidden Thing would bring, never could guess what way the story would go, never imagined what the end would be for Maria, whom I had come to love so deeply." - Katherine Arnoldi, author of The Amazing True Story of a Teenage Single Mom and All Things Are Labor "Dora Dueck’s powerful and deeply engaging novel follows the fortunes of Maria Klassen, a young immigrant whose heart’s purest desires are in tension with domestic service, sexual passion, and the demands of family and church. Beautifully and intelligently written, the story transcends its Mennonite particulars to shed light on the universal and timeless struggles of the human spirit." - Sarah Klassen, author of A Feast of Longing and A Curious Beatitude "Dora Dueck tells a compelling woman’s story too often obscured by history. She inhabits her characters in such a way that the reader is drawn into a living, breathing world that lingers even after the covers of the book are closed. This Hidden Thing offers a worthy female, urban counterpart to Rudy Wiebe’s Peace Shall Destroy Many." - Ann Hostetler, author of Empty Room with Light and editor of A Cappella: Mennonite Voices in Poetry Dora Dueck is author of the novel Under the Still Standing Sun and co-editor of Northern Lights: An Anthology of Contemporary Christian Writing in Canada. Her stories have been featured on CBC Radio, and in journals such as Room, Prairie Fire, Rhubarb, and Journal of Mennonite Studies. She lives in Winnipeg.