The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake (by Aimee Bender) c. 2010

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender
Adult Fiction, eBook, eAudiobook
c. 2010

A forkful of her mother’s homemade lemon cake changes everything for eight-year-old Rose Edelstein. Overpowering the sugar, lemon, and chocolate frosting is the taste of her mother’s sadness. From that point forward, Rose’s meals become defined by a single ingredient: the emotions of the cook. Her unusual ability casts a revealing light on the inner lives of her family, ultimately forcing her to analyze and explore the nature of human relationships in a fascinating and original way.

Aimee Bender’s talent for gorgeous and evocative prose shines in her latest offering. The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake is a novel that is more about the journey than the destination. Fans of magical realism will enjoy this quirky, thoughtful read.

If The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake is right up your alley, you might also like Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami, Life of Pi by Yann Martel, Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, and Blindness by Jose Saramago.

Review by Martha

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