Shortlisted for the acclaimed 2010 Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Frank O'Connor Short Story Award, and the Commonwealth Writer's Prize Best First Book Award, This Cake Is for the Party has received consistent rave reviews praising debut writer Sarah Selecky.
In these ten stories, linked frequently by the sharing of food, Sarah Selecky reaffirms the life of everyday situations with startling significance. For upmarket women's fiction readers that love stories which reflect the joys and pitfalls of marriage, fidelity, fertility, and relationship woes, this collection is a conversation starter. This Cake Is for the Party reminds us that the best parts of our lives are often the least flashy. Reminiscent of early Margaret Atwood, with echoes of Lisa Moore and Ali Smith, these absorbing stories are about love and longing, that touch us in a myriad of subtle and affecting ways.
With more than 10,000 copies sold in Canada, where she was named the CBC Book Award's Best New Writer, Sarah Selecky proves she is an exciting new voice with a promising future.
|Publisher:||St. Martin's Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.74(w) x 8.06(h) x 0.67(d)|
About the Author
SARAH SELECKY is a dual citizen of Canada and the United States and grew up in Southern Indiana and Northern Ontario. Selecky earned her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. Her writing has appeared in the top Canadian magazines and quarterlies such as The Walrus, The New Quarterly, The Journey Prize Anthology, among many others. She divides her time between Toronto and the rest of the world.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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!
"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! 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.