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Posted March 25, 2013
This is a delightful book of stories, one of those "slice o
This is a delightful book of stories, one of those "slice of life" books. I could identify with most of the characters, either myself or via someone that I know. Once you start reading one of Selecky's stories, you find that you don't want to lay it down until you are finished! This is her first such book, and I can't wait until the next one!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 13, 2013
"This Cake Is For The Party" is an addictive little bo
"This Cake Is For The Party" is an addictive little book of short stories that are magical. I first started reading thinking I would find them mundane and ordinary. Sarah Selecky was an unknown author to me. Having mostly recognition from Canada and not a well-known writer thus far in the US, I was skeptical about her book. But, I soon found her stories addictive, and found myself returning again and again to the book when I really wanted to start reading another novel every day!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
What's so captivating about Sarah's stories is her characterizations of everyday people and their depth of feelings and purpose. She has a grip on the ups and downs of the ordinary person and her/his surrounding and how that plays upon the emotions and psyche. I was as perplexed in some cases as I would be if my best friend told me about her experience in a situation, or as touched as I would be in another case, or as horrified in another. Then, I realized this was the genius of these little vignettes. They made me keep coming back for more.
Ms Selecky is a powerful writer of the everyday person in everyday situations. Her voice rings true to life and the situations she chooses to portray are eccentric enough to magically draw you in, but familiar enough to make you nod your head in agreement or recognition. She's a wonder of an author.
I loved her stories and look forward to reading more in the future.