This Cake Is for the Party

Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
This Cake Is for the Party
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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"-- "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: New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Griffin, 2012.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
ISBN: 9781250011428
1250011426
Characteristics: p. cm.

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Aug 02, 2012
  • uncommonreader rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

These short stories are about young, lower middle-class people of the margin (e.g., candlemakers). Wry. I enjoyed almost all of these stories.

May 19, 2011
  • ksoles rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Sarah Selecky’s debut fiction collection explores the themes of lack, destruction and nostalgia. But, even though her stories depict profound emotional and physical volatility, Selecky looks beyond sorrow and regret and finds joyful beauty in the midst of crisis. Ultimately, each selection in This Cake is For The Party shows that vision requires the ability and willingness to look again, to find the cake among the crumbs and scattered shards of shattered porcelain.

Apr 29, 2011
  • lisahiggs rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Another collection of short stories from the 2010 Giller Prize shortlist, except that I wouldn’t call them “stories” so much as “writing exercises”. Each piece was more like a lovely little vignette or a small slice of life than a contained story. My main complaint is that I was disappointed these scenes weren’t part of something larger.

Apr 13, 2011
  • jbeckber rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I was surpsrised that this book was a Giller finalist - OK but definitely not great. The stories were real, as another comments says it is both a plus and a minus that the characters are so human. But all the stories are sad so I didn't find anything uplifting or even revolutionary in this.

Apr 08, 2011
  • macierules rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

sleek and modern;very enjoyable collection of short stories. My favourite was Yard Sale.

Feb 26, 2011

"The Bookie for Best New Writer goes to... Sarah Selecky

"Sarah Selecky was one of four new writers to capture this country's hearts when she was nominated for the Scotiabank Giller Prize for her short story collection, This Cake is for the Party. While she didn't take home the Giller, she established herself as one of Canada's most promising new writers. Chatelaine said she "could easily be the next Alice Munro." Voters agreed, and awarded her the Bookie for Best New Writer."

Oct 27, 2010
  • falsedichotomy rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

The good thing about this collection of short stories is that the characters are convincingly written, realistic, and human.

The bad thing is - well - they are devastatingly human.

I found these stories to be almost unbearably bleak, depressing, and hopeless. Some may claim to see beauty in the horribly sad existences of the people that populate the stories, but I did not.

These lives are smashed-up, burned-up, nearing meltdown, 'oh why don't you just off yourself already' stories.

Perhaps I'm too thick skinned, but instead of sympathizing with these characters (is that what I'm supposed to be doing?) I was wondering why the heck they were so....flaky....

kind of felt like reality T.V.

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