The Mennonite Brethern Herald has published a glowing review of Dora Dueck's short fiction collection, What You Get at Home. Tracing the presence and importance of everyday objects in Dueck's collection, and the ways in which these objects are representational for the people and relationships that surround them, Angeline Schellenberg writes that these stories are neverthleless, "not just about lives, but the power of the written word."
Schellenberg praises Dueck's "powerful" stories for "getting at the truth" of issues such as loss, family, homesickness and longing, "in profoundly moving and poetic ways."
Read the full review here: http://mbherald.com/what-you-get-at-home/----------
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 (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.