This Cake is for the Party: Stories by Sarah SeleckyThis Cake is for the Party: Stories by Sarah Selecky

This Cake is for the Party: Stories

bySarah Selecky

Paperback | May 8, 2010

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Finalist for the 2010 Scotiabank Giller Prize and longlisted for the 2010 Frank O'Connor Award

Sarah Selecky's first book takes dead aim at a young generation of men and women who often set out with the best of intentions, only to have plans thwarted or hopes betrayed.

These are stories about friendships and relationships confused by unsettling tensions bubbling beneath the surface. A woman who plans to conceive ends up in the arms of her husband's best friend; a man who baby-sits a neglected four-year-old ends up questioning his own dysfunctional relationship; a chance encounter at a gala event causes a woman to remember when she volunteered for a nightmarish drug-testing clinic; another woman discovers that her best friend who is about to get married has just had an affair; a young teenager tries to escape from her controlling father and finds an unexpected lover on a bus ride home; a wife tries to overcome her dying mother-in-law's resistance to her marriage by revealing to her own strange aural stigmata; a friend tries to talk another friend out of dating her cheating ex-boyfriend; and a superstitious candle-maker confesses to a tempestuous relationship that implodes spectacularly.

Sarah Selecky is a talented young writer who evokes a generation teetering on the shoals of consumerism and ambiguous mores. Reminiscent of early Atwood, with echoes of Lisa Moore and Barbara Gowdy, these absorbing stories are about love and longing, stories that touch us in a myriad of subtle and affecting ways.

Sarah Selecky grew up in Northern Ontario and Southern Indiana. Her stories have been published in The Walrus, Geist, Prairie Fire, The New Quarterly, and The Journey Prize Anthology. She earned her MFA in Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia and has been teaching creative writing in her living room for the past ten y...
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Title:This Cake is for the Party: StoriesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 7.75 × 5.25 × 0.75 inPublished:May 8, 2010Publisher:DundurnLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0887625258

ISBN - 13:9780887625251

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from This Cake... I enjoyed this collection, I think a couple of stories might have zoomed right over the top of my head though. The stories were varied, and so…honest. I could see most of these situations happening in real life. The characters were great too. I’ll remember a few of them for quite a while. I recommend it if you’re into short stories, and even if you’re not it’s pretty good. ps. It was the only Giller Prize nominee this year that appealed to me, which is why I read it, and I’m glad I did.
Date published: 2011-03-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This cake is for You! Sarah Selecky visited the store I worked at one morning to talk about her book. The question I posed to her was: Would you consider writing a full-length novel? Her response (along these lines): Eventually, but right now I'm more comfortable writing short stories and will likely continue to do so. Good for readers and the publishing world because she is a talented short story writer! Her stories are very Canadian - local settings, people you know and live with, activities you have partook in or know of happening around. Her characters are a good mix of male and female, varying in ages, and relatable in every single way. While there were some stories that I wasn't too keen on, hits shadowed misses. Her stories will move you, humour you, and strike all the right chords. Keep Selecky in mind, she will be around with more to impress.
Date published: 2011-02-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great new collection A great collection: believable characters, rich details, and plots that are easy to get into. I'll be keeping Selecky's book in the favourites section of my bookshelf.
Date published: 2010-08-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Breathtaking This is a fantastic collection of short stories. I highly recommend this author - she will be one of Canada's biggest literary stars in the not-so-distant future!
Date published: 2010-06-25

Editorial Reviews

Selecky skillfully wrests devastation from its customary gloom of lamentation and regret, and bares its overwhelming beauty. - Globe and Mail (Metro ed)