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Dora Dueck

May 30th, 2023

Return Stroke (CMU $20) is a collection of Dora Dueck’s creative non-fiction and gathers ten of the author’s personal essays as well as a memoir of 1980s life in the Paraguayan Chaco. From publicity for the book: “Graceful, curious and probing, these pieces are like a series of occasionally restless love letters — to her husband and her children, to her sometimes crusty Mennonite ancestors, to the gift of writing, to the vocation of being a keen observer.” Dueck’s second novel, This Hidden Thing (CMU, 2010), won the 2010 McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award, and was shortlisted for the Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction. What You Get At Home (Turnstone Press, 2012) won the High Plains Award for Short Stories. And, Dueck’s novella Mask was the winning entry for the 2014 Malahat Review novella contest. Dueck grew up in a Mennonite community in Alberta and lived for many years in Winnipeg before eventually moving to Delta, BC. 9781987986105

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