The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake (Paperback)
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The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake (Paperback)

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Paperback Published: 03/02/2011
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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 slice. She discovers this gift to her horror, for her mother - her cheerful, can-do mother - tastes of despair and desperation. Suddenly, and for the rest of her life, food becomes perilous. Anything can be revealed at any meal. Rose's gift forces her to confront the secret knowledge all families keep hidden - truths about her mother's life outside the home, her father's strange detachment and her brother's clash with the world. Yet as Rose grows up, she realises there are some secrets that even her taste buds cannot discern. "The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake" is a luminous tale about the heartbreak of loving those whom you know too much about. It is profound and funny, wise and sad, and Aimee Bender's dazzling prose illuminates the strangeness of everyday life.

Publisher: Cornerstone
ISBN: 9780099538271

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American author Aimee Bender's first novel was an absolute joy to read. It was beautifully written, the words seemed to dance from the pages.
The storyline was completely unique - a young girl with a tallent for... More

Paperback edition
3rd October 2011
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“The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake”

Imagine being able to taste the emotions of the cook in any food you eat. And as if that wasn't bad enough, when the cook is your mother, imagine tasting anger and frustration - and other awful, revealing things.... More

Paperback edition
1st April 2011
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I read this on holiday for book group. It is an easy read and i enjoyed it. Others at book group didn't like it so much. There is a second plot which is really intriguing. Apart from the weird skills (about... More

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10th February 2012
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