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The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake - Aimee Bender
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake
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The wondrous Aimee Bender conjures the lush and moving story of a girl whose magical gift is really a devastating curse. On the eve of her ninth birthday, unassuming Rose Edelstein, a girl at the periphery of schoolyard games and her distracted parents’ attention, bites into her mother’s homemade... show more
The wondrous Aimee Bender conjures the lush and moving story of a girl whose magical gift is really a devastating curse. On the eve of her ninth birthday, unassuming Rose Edelstein, a girl at the periphery of schoolyard games and her distracted parents’ attention, bites into her mother’s homemade lemon-chocolate cake and discovers she has a magical gift: she can taste her mother’s emotions in the cake. She discovers this gift to her horror, for her mother—her cheerful, good-with-crafts, can-do mother—tastes of despair and desperation. Suddenly, and for the rest of her life, food becomes a peril and a threat to Rose. The curse her gift has bestowed is the secret knowledge all families keep hidden—her mother’s life outside the home, her father’s detachment, her brother’s clash with the world. Yet as Rose grows up she learns to harness her gift and becomes aware that there are secrets even her taste buds cannot discern. The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake is a luminous tale about the enormous difficulty of loving someone fully when you know too much about them. It is heartbreaking and funny, wise and sad, and confirms Aimee Bender’s place as “a writer who makes you grateful for the very existence of language” (San Francisco Chronicle).
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780385501125 (0385501129)
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Pages no: 292
Edition language: English
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danae
danae rated it
2.5 "The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake" by Aimee Bender
This is one of three books I've read recently that does not use quotation marks. WHY?? It's so confusing! Especially when the author also breaks the rule of starting a new paragraph when a new person talks and has two people talking, without quotation marks, in the same paragraph! Argh! Stop doing t...
Wanda's Book Reviews
Wanda's Book Reviews rated it
3.5 The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake / Aimee Bender
On the eve of her ninth birthday, unassuming Rose Edelstein, a girl at the periphery of schoolyard games and her distracted parents’ attention, bites into her mother’s homemade lemon-chocolate cake and discovers she has a magical gift: she can taste her mother’s emotions in the cake. She discovers t...
msleighm books
msleighm books rated it
3.5
3.5 stars rounded down. Not sure what to say about this book. The writing was fine; the story was interesting (but strangely, disappointingly, predictable). I don't read a lot of sci-fi and the mystical parts were interesting concepts. I'm really not sure why I didn't like this book more.
Angel's Book Reviews 2.0
Angel's Book Reviews 2.0 rated it
4.0 The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake
THE PARTICULAR SADNESS OF LEMON CAKE, BY AIMEE BENDEROne of my best friends recommended this one to me, a (really) long time ago. She warned me it was "a bit pretentious", but she still enjoyed it. Maybe it was the warning about pretentiousness that put me off reading it for so long, but I thought i...
teaandbooks
teaandbooks rated it
2.0 What a bizarre book.
I would say this is one of the weirdest books I've ever read, and I'm not the type to really seek out offbeat or unusual types of reading. But this popped up a "to read" list so I decided to bump it up and give it a shot after recently seeing someone praise the book. 9 year old Rose discovers she ...
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