Wry, hilarious & profoundly genuine, this debut collection of literary essays from Sloane Crosley is a celebration of fallibility and haplessness in all their glory. Together, these essays create a startlingly funny and revealing portrait of a complex & utterly recognizable character who aims for the stars but hits the ceiling, & the inimitable city that has helped shape who she is. I Was Told There'd Be Cake introduces a strikingly original voice, chronicling the struggles & unexpected beauty of modern urban life.
"Hilarious & affecting... I Was Told There'd Be Cake is lively reminiscence about growing up strange. Sardonic without being cruel, tender without being sentimental, Sloan Crosley will win you over with this delightful debut."
—Colson Whitehead, author