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Cake: Plot Summary
Cake: Detailed Summary & Analysis
Cake: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of Cate Kennedy
Historical Context of Cake
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- Full Title: Cake
- Where Written: Victoria, Australia
- When Published: 2012
- Literary Period: Postmodernism
- Genre: Realistic Fiction, Short Story
- Setting: An Australian suburb and office
- Climax: Liz returns home from work and sits down to feed Daniel from a bottle. When his hands move to her shirt, she experiences intense internal conflict, and all of her emotions and exhaustion from her first day back at work seem to descend on her at once. Although she knows it will only make returning to work more difficult, she gives in and breastfeeds.
- Point of View: Third Person
Extra Credit for Cake
In Real Life. Kennedy was inspired to write Habit, her prize-winning short story about a dying woman who attempts to smuggle drugs into the country, while working for the Australian Customs Service.