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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Allen Publishers; None edition (May 8 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0887625258
  • ISBN-13: 978-0887625251
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 13.2 x 2.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 113 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #74,281 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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The stories were written really well, so I certainly didn't struggle through the pages. Her style of writing is fantastic, I just felt the subject matter a little "chick lit" for my taste, at times I felt like I was reading Sex in the City: Toronto. Half the reason I'll still give it five stars despite its ultimate inability to emotionally reach me is that it is written really well. I'm looking forward to her other offerings...
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A man with a hard decision to make about the neighbour’s boy. A woman who tries to sell health products to her friends. Two couples entangled in infidelity. A woman writing a letter to her estranged husband’s mother. A young woman in love with a man… and his ex-girlfriend. A fire in the candle factory.

These are a few of the stories in Sarah Selecky’s This Cake Is for the Party, nominated for the Giller prize in 2010.

I read this book because I’m currently taking Sarah’s Story is a State of Mind e-course, and I wanted to know where she came from as an author.

I was pleasantly surprised. I’m not especially fond of short stories; I’m more of a sprawling multiple story lines kind of person. I like expansive, complex books that reflect the complexity of human life.

These short stories, in a way, achieve that. Sure, it’s about a certain type of people–working-class, sometimes entrepreneurs and people who make a living out of their garage. They are about moments in time or short periods of time (an evening, a weekend, an hour). But the variety of emotions and situations represented really made me feel like I was plunging in an unknown world.

From “A Thousand Wax Buddhas”, my favourite of the collection:

I wish I’d just asked her about the mileage. I could have just said it: What do the numbers mean? Why is ten o’clock important? I could have asked her. She would have let me in. But I was too afraid.

These stories are exquisitely crafted. They are fragile like insect wings and yet strong like reeds. They were mostly sad, it’s true, but sadness is not something we should shy away from. Life is full of it. I felt strangely invigorated after reading them.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By tdogg on Nov. 27 2010
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I can't get enough cake! I just re-read Selecky's stories and what I notice most is how her characters really stay with you. The stories themselves weave across common adult and young couple themes but it is the characters themselves that are so incredibly well rendered. Good writing isn't about telling, it's about being drawn in and this is what happens when I read these stories. Whether I like the character or not, it is this feeling of kinship with the characters and the situations they are put in that makes these stories so readable. Watching Atlas and 1000 Wax Buddhas are definately favourites but all of the stories in this collection are good. If you like anything by Lisa Moore you will like these stories. Makes a great gift for the short story reader on your list. Can't wait for her next book.....
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