The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake

by Aimee Bender | Literature & Fiction | This book has not been rated.
ISBN: 0385720963 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingAnnimanniwing of Espoo, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on 1/24/2013
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Journal Entry 1 by wingAnnimanniwing from Espoo, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Thursday, January 24, 2013
From Aimee Bender's website, http://www.flammableskirt.com/newbook.html:

"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)."

Journal Entry 2 by wingAnnimanniwing at Espoo, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Monday, December 10, 2018
Beautiful, magical and profoundly sad. I love how Bender blends the real with the surreal and leaves things to the reader's imagination. Haunting tale that will stay with me for quite a while.

Journal Entry 3 by wingAnnimanniwing at Espoo, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Wednesday, January 02, 2019

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Journal Entry 4 by wingTsjarawing at Zaandam, Noord-Holland Netherlands on Monday, January 14, 2019
Arrived here safely in the Netherlands. Thanks for sending Annimanni! A very nice surprise as I have heard of this book which sounds quite interesting, but have not read it. :)

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