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The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake: A Novel

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ISBN13: 9780385533225
ISBN10: 0385533225
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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 parents’ attention, bites into her mother’s homemade lemon-chocolate cake and discovers she has a magical gift: she can taste her mother’s emotions in the cake. She discovers this gift to her horror, 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.

The curse her gift has bestowed is the secret knowledge all families keep hidden—her mother’s life outside the home, her father’s detachment, her brother’s 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 Bender’s place as “a writer who makes you grateful for the very existence of language” (San Francisco Chronicle).

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Discovering in childhood a supernatural ability to taste the emotions of others in their cooking, Rose Edelstein grows up to regard food as a curse when it reveals everyone's secret realities. By the Pushcart-winning author of An Invisible Sign of My Own.

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AIMEE BENDER is the author of the novel An Invisible Sign of My Own and the collections The Girl in the Flammable Skirt and Willful Creatures. She has received two Pushcart prizes and was nominated for the Tiptree Award in 2005.

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ISBN:
9780385533225
Subtitle:
A Novel
Publisher:
Doubleday
Author:
Bender, Aimee
Author:
Aimee Bender
Subject:
Fiction : Literary
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Bildungsromans
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
LIT-DISPLAY A
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20100601
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
292

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Fiction and Poetry » Literature » A to Z
Fiction and Poetry » Literature » Coming of Age
Fiction and Poetry » Literature » Family Life

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake: A Novel
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Product details 292 pages Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group - English 9780385533225 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Discovering in childhood a supernatural ability to taste the emotions of others in their cooking, Rose Edelstein grows up to regard food as a curse when it reveals everyone's secret realities. By the Pushcart-winning author of An Invisible Sign of My Own.
"Synopsis" by , AIMEE BENDER is the author of the novel An Invisible Sign of My Own and the collections The Girl in the Flammable Skirt and Willful Creatures. She has received two Pushcart prizes and was nominated for the Tiptree Award in 2005.
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