ISBN: 9780888016812
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All That Belongs

Catherine, an archivist, has spent decades committed to conserving the pasts of others, only to find her own resurfacing on the eve of her retirement. Carefully, she mines the failing memories of her aging mother to revive a mysterious Uncle and relive the tragic downfall of her brother. Catherine remembers, and in the process, discovers darker family secrets, long silenced, and their devastating aftermath. Spanning decades between rural Alberta and Winnipeg, All That Belongs is an elegant examination of our own ephemeral histories, the consequences of religious fanaticism, and the startling familial ties—and shame—that bind us.

Advanced Praise

Dora Dueck's new novel is a lyrical, keenly-observed study of the strange and difficult beauties of family life. Her writing captures the crackle and hiss of submerged memories and mysterious loyalties. All That Belongs is flavoured with delicacy and integrity.

Sue Sorensen, author of A Large Harmonium

Dora Dueck weaves an eccentric tapestry of present and past from the uncomfortably scratchy fabric of family secrets and lies. In each of our lives there are those who remain puzzles. All That Belongs offers insight that goes far beyond archives.

Betty Jane Hegerat, author of The Boy

All That Belongs is a gentle but compelling meditation on love, aging, the nature of memory, and the need to acknowledge and forgive the pain of the past.

K.D. Miller, author of Late Breaking


Maybe it was the Winnipeg setting, the gorgeous prose, or the touching and complex portrayal or marriage and family, but reading All That Belongs made me feel one of my favourite feelings in the universe--it made me feel like I was reading a new book by Carol Shields.

Briny Books