This Cake Is for the Party

This Cake Is for the Party : Stories

3.65 (1,268 ratings by Goodreads)
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3.65 (1,268 ratings by Goodreads)

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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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 146 x 208 x 17mm | 222g
  • New York
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 1250011426
  • 9781250011428
  • 933,399

Review quote

The subjects of these 10 sparkling stories tend to live everyday lives, with everyday problems and neuroses...And yet they're utterly fascinating...Selecky's writing, so unfussy and fresh, lures the reader in over and over again.--The New York Times Book Review

In a group of stories that explore the power of love, friendships, familial relationships and all of the emotions these entanglements elicit, Selecky delves beneath the surface to provide an honest and insightful glimpse into her characters' lives and situations, which sometimes parallel our own.--Kirkus Reviews
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About Sarah Selecky

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.
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3.65 out of 5 stars
- 1,268 ratings
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4 38% (480)
3 31% (391)
2 8% (96)
1 3% (40)
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