What You Get At Home - Dora Dueck

A collection of 15 short stories... in two parts.

Dora Dueck digs deep to construct her characters in this well orchestrated book and her believable characters. She has a flare with the English language. It is well worded, gutsy and engaging. 

Part One

Danny in the first story Chopsicks, Thom and Angie on their road trip in, Advance in an Uncertain Future. In The Rocking Chair, George Marten and his kids Leonard, Harold & Norma squabble over the possession of their fathers rocking chair. Mr. Macdonald and Magdalena in, My Name Is Magdalena. Elinor and her relationship with a crucifix she spots while out shopping in, Crucifix On The Road To Gnadenheim. Shelley and David Henderson as Shelley deals with her cancer, in Postponement, Ava dealing with sexuality and her sisters, In The Village of Women. Margaret, Aron old Isaak in Helping Isaak. 

Part Two

The last seven stories: The Liese Stories. About Liese and her experiences as an immigrant to Canada from Paraguay. 

All engaging and delightful. I recommend it highly.

I give this book 5 Stars  *****

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Like most of the books I read, this one came from the Surrey Public Library. On the shelf Books We Liked

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 178 pages
  • Publisher: Turnstone Pr (September 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 088801404X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0888014047
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 5.3 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,521,365 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

About the Author

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.

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