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.
Lesley Trites grew up in Fredericton, New Brunswick, and currently lives and writes in Montreal when not wandering abroad. Her poetry has been published in Matrix, filling Station, and Queen Street Quarterly. She holds an Honours BA in English from the University of Toronto, and an MA in English from the University of Victoria. When not writing poetry, travelling the globe, or swirling a vintage Cabernet, she is a technical writer byday and a wine blogger by night.
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