A Three-Tiered Pastel Dream: Stories

In these eleven sublime slices of life, Lesley Trites introduces characters who embrace radical honesty, question what qualifies as love, and wonder if they’ll ever feel what they’re meant to feel. A Three-Tiered Pastel Dream is a real treat. Dig in.
— Neil Smith, author of Boo

A career-focused woman finds her life taken off course by an unexpected pregnancy and its challenging aftermath; a troubled doctor abandons her family on her daughter’s birthday, the three-tiered pastel layer cake in the passenger seat beside her; a young mother must contend with how to explain her husband’s suicide to their child. In her first story collection, Lesley Trites digs bravely into the dilemmas faced by contemporary women who must be everything to everyone, as they navigate the triangle of responsibilities between motherhood, work, and love.

Written with keen insight and deep affection, Lesley Trites’s A Three-Tiered Pastel Dream unearths pearls of wisdom from the secret lives of women who could easily live next door, drop off their kids at the same school, or work in the next cubicle.

Available May 2017

Where To Buy

The print edition is available now! Check your favourite local bookstore. In Montreal, it's available at Drawn & Quarterly or Paragraphe; in Fredericton, at Westminster. Or, order online through Véhicule PressChaptersAmazon Canada, McNally Robinson, King's, etc.

The ebook edition is available through Véhicule Press or Amazon Canada.

The print edition will be released through Amazon.com on September 1st, 2017. In the meantime, you can also order online Véhicule Press.


"There’s been a buzz around the work of Lesley Trites for some time now..." - Ian McGillis

"Montreal lit for 2017," Montreal Gazette

"She is a short-story writer of clarity, wit, and restraint. She has a fine observing eye combined with a gift for sharp turns of phrase, crafting beautiful surfaces that part briefly to reveal glimpses of the sorrows that underlie every life. Her stories are variously juicy, dry, bubbly, tannic and biting. She sometimes reminds me of the best of Lisa Moore's early work." - Elise Moser

"11 Canadian writers to watch," CBC Canada Writes