Interesting collection of short stories. I didn't quite like it at the beginning but the book grew on me and I was really sorry when I finished.
These short stories are about young, lower middle-class people of the margin (e.g., candlemakers). Wry. I enjoyed almost all of these stories.
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.
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.
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.
sleek and modern;very enjoyable collection of short stories. My favourite was Yard Sale.
"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."
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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