This Cake Is for the Party

Sarah Selecky

St. Martin's Griffin



Trade Paperback

240 Pages


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A Scotiabank Giller Prize Finalist

Shortlisted for the Frank O’Connor Short Story Award

Shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize Best First Book Award

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.


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This Cake Is for the Party
Throwing CottonThis past New Year's Eve, sitting on the loveseat in front of our little tabletop Christmas tree, I poured us both a glass of sparkling wine and told Sanderson: I think I'm ready to do it.He kissed the top of my head and asked, Are you sure?This is my last drink, I told him. I am officially preparing the womb. 
Now it's the May long weekend. Sanderson and I have driven four hours north to Keewadin Lake, a cottage that we've rented every long weekend in May since we were at Trent together. We share it with our friends: Shona and Flip, who have
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  • 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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