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.
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 Press, Chapters, Amazon Canada, McNally Robinson, King's, etc.
"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