This Cake Is for the Party
Scotiabank Giller Prize Finalist, Shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize, Best First Book Award, Longlisted for the Frank O’Connor Short Story Award, Winner, CBC Award: Best New Fiction,The Globe 100: Best Canadian Fiction
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, and touch us in a myriad of subtle and affecting ways.
“The subjects of these 10 sparkling stories tend to live everyday lives, with everyday problems and neuroses about food, friends, lovers, parents and spouses. And yet they’re utterly fascinating. Selecky’s writing, so unfussy and fresh, lures the reader in over and over again.”
– The New York Times Book Review
The Missing Story
This story, called “This Cake Is for the Party,” was the very first story Sarah wrote for the book. Because of its special status as a prequel, it didn’t fit in the collection, and she saved it as a stand alone story. Cover photograph and design by Michel Vrana.
Read this story to find out what happened to David and Bonnie a few months before “Standing Up For Janey.”