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The Particular Sadness Of Lemon Cake
Aimee Bender

Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
June 2010
On Sale: June 1, 2010
288 pages
ISBN: 0385501129
EAN: 9780385501125
Hardcover
$25.95
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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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Good Morning America - June 30, 2010
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