The Particular Sadness Of Lemon Cake
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
On Sale: June 1, 2010
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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 parentsí attention, bites into her motherís
homemade lemon-chocolate cake and discovers she has a
magical gift: she can taste her motherís emotions in the
cake. She discovers this gift to her horror, for her
motheróher cheerful, good-with-crafts, can-do motherótastes
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 hiddenóher motherís life outside the home, her
fatherís detachment, her brotherís 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 Benderís place as ďa
writer who makes you grateful for the very existence of
languageĒ (San Francisco Chronicle).
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