This Hidden Thing by Dora Dueck is a story that is told through the eyes of a Mennonite girl, Maria, arriving in Manitoba from Russia in 1927. Her family had been wealthy and comfortable in Russia, but now everything is gone. 3 days after arriving in Canada she is forced by her uncle to become a maid in an English household.
Maria faces many struggles, learning English, learning how to be a servant and accepting her social position, and encountering conflicts between her own values and those of her employers. After 5 years Maria must return to her family to care for her siblings after the death of her mother.
This book has been recommended by Elaine in our Winkler branch. The setting of the book, Winnipeg and Winkler, the descriptions of the landscape, and how the story goes beyond the Mennonite particulars to shed light on the universal and timeless struggles of the human spirit, all make it a great read.
Dora Dueck will be reading from and signing this book at the Winkler Library on June 29 at 7:30, and we look forward to hearing her story.