This Hidden Thing
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.
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