A Three-Tiered Pastel Dream: Stories
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.
Where To Buy
The print edition is available now! Check your favourite local bookstore. In Montreal, it's available at Drawn & Quarterly, Paragraphe, or Indigo; in Toronto, at Type; in Fredericton, at Westminster. Or, order online through Véhicule Press, Chapters, Amazon Canada, McNally Robinson, King's, etc.
"This debut collection of short stories [...] gazes deeply into modern womanhood and the way in which having it all can easily slip into wistful envy. [...] These stories are carefully observed and sharply written, never overdone or too neatly plotted. [...] The collection is a fresh take on the midlife crisis question, 'Is this it?'" - Publishers Weekly (Read the full review here.)
"What all the stories share is an exploration of the ambiguities of contemporary femininity and a commitment to an aesthetic rooted in the use of subtle detail. [...] Characterized by delicacy in style and in form, Trites’s writing leaves a reader better attuned to what, in stories and in life, often goes unsaid and unnoticed." - Montreal Review of Books (Read the full review here.)
"Trites possesses a deep understanding of grief’s peculiar landscape as felt by individuals across generations, and demonstrates her prodigious writing talent by avoiding histrionics or stereotypes when describing these hardships." - The Winnipeg Review (Read the full review here.)
"There’s a claustrophobic and secretive quality to Montreal writer Lesley Trites’s debut, a book of short stories that illuminates the lives of girls and women." - The Quill and Quire (Read the full review here.)
12 or 20 Questions with Lesley Trites, rob mclennan's blog
"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