Tuesday, June 12, 2012

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake is a solid, well written book. A young girl discovers that she can sense the emotions of the people who made the food she is eating. The mother who seems so happy is filled with longing and emptiness. Rose learns to cope with her skill, relying on the impersonal factory-made items in the school vending machine for most of her sustenance. She learns more about her mother, her father, and herself. We watch the relationships among the members of her family, which includes a distant older brother. Her father won't - or can't - go in hospitals. Her brother keeps disappearing in an empty, thorough, disturbing way.

Narrated by Rose, the book has a strong and compelling voice. There are lovely, lyrical passages and phrases throughout the book. While I was not completely satisfied by the ending, I definitely recommend this book for readers who like literary fiction with a twist.

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