Monday, September 27, 2010

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender

Imagine when you take a bite of the food, you can detect the emotions of the cook. This is what happens to Rose Edelstein just before she turns nine when she bites into a slice of the lemon-chocolate cake her mother made. Contrary to Rose's mother's jovial appearance, Rose can "taste" her mother's desperation...
Rose struggles to cope with this uncanny ability at school and at home with her detached father and quiet brother, Joseph, who pulls off disappearing acts that worry everyone.
Aimee Bender weaves fantasy into reality in this novel. It also reminds me of growing up and finding one's place in the world, where some survive and some do not.

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