Dora Dueck's recent collection of short fiction, What You Get at Home, is reviewed in the December 2012 issue of the Mennonite Historian. The review praises Dora for "developing deep characters with surprisingly few words" and her exploration of themes such as "loss, success, disappointment, faith and community."
Read the full review in the December 2012 issue of the Mennonite Historian, available locally, and follow Dora Dueck's blog for more information on the author's upcoming events and projects.
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.