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.

Where To Buy

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

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

USA
The print edition is available through Amazon.com as of September 2017. You can also order online Véhicule Press.

Reviews

"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.)

Interviews

"It's Important to Tell the Stories You’re Most Compelled to Tell." A Chat With Author Lesley Trites at The Review Review 

Inside the Frozen Mammoth (AELAQ podcast), episode 9 with Fawn Parker 

12 or 20 Questions with Lesley Trites, rob mclennan's blog

CKUT The Literary Report, July 4th 

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