Written by Laura Trunkey
Publication Date March 26, 2016
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.
Laura Trunkey’s fiction has been published in journals and magazines across Canada, and was included in the anthology Darwin’s Bastards: Astounding Tales from Tomorrow. Her non-fiction has garnered two honorable mentions at the National Magazine Awards. She is the author of the children’s novel, The Incredibly Ordinary Danny Chandelier (2008). She lives in Victoria, BC, with her husband and son.
"Beautifully bizarre . . . wickedly creative . . .these stories are strange and beautiful, imaginative and unafraid of emotion." W Dish Network
". . . accomplished excursions into the weird and offbeat." Toronto Star
"Elegant, deft, light of touch, and sometimes spicily comic . . .[This] debut story collection is a marvel of style and substance." Vancouver Sun
". . . clever and jaunty . . ." Winnipeg Free Press
"…a suite of unexpected stories…Trunkey achieves a coherent marriage of elements in these tales: History, realism, and the mystical combine to strong and startling effect." Globe and Mail
"…a confident debut collection…" Quill and Quire
"Trunkey’s remarkable debut collection of stories, Double Dutch, circles life’s mysteries from unexpected vantage points in these plausibly fantastic stories. I can’t wait to see what she does next. If you enjoy Flannery O’Connor, Jennifer Egan (A Visit From the Goon Squad), Karen Russell (Swamplandia), or simply great writing that surprises and entertains, you will find something to love in these stories by a gifted young writer." Indies Introduce Pick