This Cake is for the Party: Stories

bySarah Selecky

Paperback | May 8, 2010

This Cake is for the Party: Stories by Sarah Selecky
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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:PaperbackProduct dimensions:224 pages, 7.75 X 5.25 X 0.75 inShipping dimensions:224 pages, 7.75 X 5.25 X 0.75 inPublished:May 8, 2010Publisher:DundurnLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0887625258

ISBN - 13:9780887625251

Appropriate for ages: All ages

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