The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake

By Aimee Bender
(Thorndike Press, Hardcover, Large Print, 9781410430649, 399pp.)

Publication Date: October 2010

Other Editions of This Title: Paperback, Paperback, Hardcover, Paperback, Paperback

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the June 2010 Indie Next List
“Aimee Bender's keen eye and delightfully quirky sensibilities are enchanting reflected in this novel. When nine-year-old Rose discovers that she can taste people's emotions in the food they prepare, she learns of her mother's despair. Meanwhile, her older brother is increasingly remote and her father blissfully naive. As Rose advances awkwardly into young adulthood, the depth of her family's peculiarities is revealed. Heartbreaking, sweet, and thoroughly engrossing.”
-- Michael Keefe, Annie Bloom's Books, Portland, OR
Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Summer '11 Reading Group List


Description
"On the eve of her ninth birthday, unassuming Rose Edelstein, a girl at the periphery of schoolyard games and her distracted parents' attentions, bites into her mother's homemade lemon-chocolate cake and discovers she has a gift: she can taste her mother's emotions in the cake. But her gift is no blessing, 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."--Back cover.



NPR
Sunday, Jun 6, 2010

On the face of it, the Edelsteins appear to be a stereotypical middle-class family, with little Rose about to turn nine. Her birthday cake changes everything as family secrets begin to bubble to the surface. Host Liane Hansen talks to author Aimee Bender about her new novel, The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake. More at NPR.org

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  1. Rose goes through life feeling people’s emotions through their food.  Many eat to feel happy and comforted.  Does this extreme sensory experience bring any happiness to Rose or only sadness?  

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