This Cake is For The Party – Sarah Selecky

In This Cake is For The Party, Sarah delves into the lives of young people in their 20’s and 30’s, giving a glimpse into their lives, longing, what they want out of life, what they are experiencing.  The little glimpses of what their friendships are all about, how they change, how they are carving out that niche they want or have ideas about.

I have thought about when I was that age, and one thing came to mind – how things have changed.

This Cake for the Party, or at least the title for the book is actually a short story in itself, but wasn’t included in this compilation of short stories.

Even more interesting, some of the characters have been used in previous short stories.  So, if you want to read this collection, make sure you read the previous stories, it will give you a more rounded insight of some of the characters.

I can say it was an all right collection of short stories.  I wasn’t immersed as much as I would with other short story collections that I have read, but it wasn’t terrible either.  It is one of those cases of I kind of liked it, but I wasn’t completely overjoyed about it that I would scream it from the rooftops saying you absolutely must read this book.

This book was short listed for the 2010 Giller Prize

Thomas Allen and Son Ltd Publisher


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