Detail from "What You Get at Home" by Dora Dueck (Turnstone Press)
She remembers how she discovered a book by Anne Tyler, discovered it by accident. How reading that book became a story of its own, like a nesting doll hiding other stories inside it, earlier ones she'd almost forgotten. She remembers how it helped her, how it did the good work a book can do.
—Excerpt from Dora Dueck's new book "What You Get at Home"
Though she now calls Winnipeg home, writer Dora Dueck grew up the second oldest in a family of eight in an Alberta Mennonite community.
She has written two novels, Under the Still Standing Sun and This Hidden Thing which won her the McNally Robinson Book of the Year in 2011.
SCENE asked Dueck what to expect at the launch of her first collection of stories:
I'm going to read a few sections from the collection's title story, What You Get at Home. This story is one of seven about the same character, Liese, a woman who came to Winnipeg in the 1970s, from a Mennonite colony in Paraguay. Here are the first two paragraphs: