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A Three-Tiered Pastel Dream: Stories


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
“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.
— Publishers Weekly

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 Now. Check your local bookstore or order through Véhicule Press, Chapters, or Amazon

There’s been a buzz around the work of Lesley Trites for some time now...
— Montreal Gazette
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Writer & Editor

Writer & Editor


Lesley Trites

Lesley Trites is the author of the story collection A Three-Tiered Pastel Dream (May 2017) and the poetry collection echoic mimic. She lives in Montreal, where she also works as a developmental editor. Find out more. (Photo: H. Romero)



April 18, 2019 at 7PM. Konchan, Anand, & Trites Read. Argo Bookshop, 1915 Saint-Catherine St W, Montreal.

April 24, 2019 at 7PM. Véhicule Press Toronto Spring 2019 Launch. Monarch Tavern, 12 Clinton St., Toronto.

April 26, 2019 at 7PM. Véhicule Press Montreal Spring 2019 Launch. La Petite Librairie Drawn & Quarterly, 176 Bernard Ouest, Montreal.


Aphelia, my English translation of Mikella Nicol’s Aphélie, will be out in April with Véhicule Press, with launches in Toronto and Montreal!

Thrilled to announce that A Three-Tiered Pastel Dream will be published in a French translation by Quebec's Les Éditions Marchand de Feuilles!

An interview up on The Review Review & a podcast episode over at the AELAQ's Inside The Frozen Mammoth.

A Three-Tiered Pastel Dream has been reviewed by Publishers Weekly! It will be out in the US as of September 1st. 

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