I Was Told There'd Be Cake

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I Was Told There'd Be Cake
Author Sloane Crosley
Language English
Genre Nonfiction
Publisher Riverhead Books
Media type Print

I Was Told There'd Be Cake is a New York Times-bestselling[1] collection of essays by American writer and literary publicist Sloane Crosley.


In 2008, I Was Told There'd Be Cake paved the way for several funny female essayists. Author Jonathan Lethem called Crosley "another mordant and mercurial wit from the realm of Sedaris and Vowell." David Sedaris called her writing "sure-footed, observant and relentlessly funny." Kirkus Reviews called it "Witty and entertaining";[2] the Seattle Times said "this book about nothing is riveting to the very end";[3] the New York Observer described it as "a funny book, and also a wistful book and a touching book".[4] Elsewhere, the San Francisco Chronicle reviewer noted that while the book featured "sharp, self-effacing humor", the book's style reveals the author as "too clever for her own good" and "not... very, well, nice", though that by the book's end, "we forgive her deceptions".[5]


  1. ^ "'Paperback Nonfiction'". New York Times. April 27, 2008. Retrieved 4 April 2010. 
  2. ^ "'I Was Told There'd Be Cake by Sloane Crosley'". Powell's Books. Retrieved 4 April 2010. 
  3. ^ Edwards, Haley (April 4, 2008). "'"I Was Told There'd Be Cake": Savvy, funny musings of a 20-something'". Seattle Times. Retrieved 4 April 2010. 
  4. ^ Dalva, Nancy (April 8, 2008). "'Adorably Ageist Flack Vaults Generation Gap'". New York Observer. Retrieved 4 April 2010. 
  5. ^ Elson, Rachel (April 13, 2008). "'Sloane Crosley: A funny, snippy New York girl'". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 4 April 2010.