Selecky harbours deep affection for her characters, combined with effortless grace; there is truly not a weak link to be found. She has a keen ear for understated dialogue, and a gift for unusual description...
The characters are real. They are so effortlessly and quintessentially themselves, especially Laura, with her unique way of speaking. This story has been one of my favourite writing teachers.
...I loved it. I've discovered that I love certain books in different ways, and this one asked to be with me as though it were my blankie. This is one book I've clutched to my chest and felt close to... I'm having a really hard time trying to put words to the profundity of the experience... This Cake is an impressive, accomplished first collection from a very talented young author...a valuable addition to the Canadian literary scene. Whatever she's got coming next, I want a piece of it."
Compelling, clever and exceptionally crafted, This Cake really delivers.
Globe and Mail
From the first page, This Cake buzzes with casually great dialogue, and in every story, on every page, Selecky meets the fundamental requirement that fiction be multitasking. Her alternately comic and serious stories are inventive and honest...
Canadian Notes and Queries
Selecky is skilled at sketching an entire scene with a few words, evoking big emotions that stay in the reader's mind long after the scene is over.
The Whistler Question
Selecky skillfully wrests devastation from its customary gloom of lamentation and regret, and bares its overwhelming beauty.
Globe and Mail (Metro ed)