"All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence you know." -Ernest Hemmingway
A Three-tiered Pastel Dream is full of simple, beautiful sentences. "That's okay," I said, because I didn't yet know how to tell him it wasn't." I am in love with Lesley Trites's collection of short stories. I believe it's because she has written what rings true. Her stories are of women living their lives, navigating through work, marriage, motherhood, and relationships. The world she writes of, is so different from mine, both past and present, and yet, so much resonates. These stories are as beautiful as the cover.
If you like short stories as much as I do or if you simply admire good writing, please do pick up this book. I wish more writers wrote stories like these- stories that are about everything and nothing. Stories that discuss big issues through particular details. "Lightening, aneuresyms, pregnancies: it's all beyond my control.
I put my hands on my belly and try to stabilize the stars. I stay there for a while, listening to others clearing the dishes downstairs. My stomach feels strangely full, and it clenches, gripped by familiar fear. I tell myself lightening can't strike a third time." I picked up this jewel of a book because I heard Lesley Trites read from it last month @famouslastwordsbar
at a reading organized by @junctionreads
I will stop now because I hate gushing.