About this book
Danuta Gleed Literary Award finalist
City of Victoria Butler Book Prize finalist
Intensely imaginative and darkly emotional, the weird and wonderful stories in Double Dutch deftly alternate between fantasy and reality, transporting readers into strange worlds that are at once both familiar and uncanny — where animals are more human, and people more mysterious, than they first appear.
Shape-shifters, doppelgangers, and spirits inhabit the extraordinary worlds depicted in Trunkey’s stories: a single mother believes her toddler is the reincarnation of a terrorist; Ronald Reagan’s body double falls in love with the first lady; a man grieves for his wife after a bear takes over her body. The collection also includes moving tales grounded in painful and touching reality: a young deaf girl visits Niagara Falls before she goes blind; an elephant named Topsy is killed on Coney Island by Thomas Edison in 1903; and a woman learns the truth about her son’s disappearance while searching with her husband in the Canadian Rockies.
This enchanting and, at times, heartbreaking debut collection of stories hails the arrival of an exceptional new literary talent.
About the Author
Laura Trunkey’s short fiction collection Double Dutch, published in 2016, was a finalist for the Butler Book Prize and the Danuta Gleed Literary Award, and was selected as an Indies Introduce title by the American Booksellers Association. She lives in Victoria with her husband and son, where she is the Artistic Associate of the Victoria Festival of Authors.