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The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake

A Novel

By Aimee Bender

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake
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  • Hardcover: Jun 2010,
    304 pages.
    Paperback: Apr 2011,
    304 pages.

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A luminous tale about the enormous difficulty of loving someone fully when you know too much about them

"As I finished that first bite, as that first impression faded, I felt a subtle shift inside, an unexpected reaction."  Rose Edelstein, the charming heroine of Aimee Bender's novel, feels this internal "shift" after biting into the chocolate lemon cake her mother has made in honor of her ninth birthday.  The first manifestation of the young girl's odd ability to taste the emotions and moods of the makers, bakers, and preparers of foods, the titular lemon cake is the haunting occasion for the novel. 

We, along with Rose, quickly realize that she can sense not only her mother's feelings, but the emotions of anyone who has touched the food she consumes.  Their sadness and joy, happiness and agony: all their feelings are instantly divinable by the precocious Rose. "Food is full of feelings," she declares rather hopelessly one evening when asked to explain her ...

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