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The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake - A Novel

Aimee Bender

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). From the Hardcover edition.

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). From the Hardcover edition.
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

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). From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Length:

8h 54m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:12


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:25


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

07:29


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

07:58


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:47


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:23


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:56


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

05:24


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:26


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

07:53


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

09:03


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

07:41


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

03:14


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

03:16


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:23


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

05:25


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

08:20


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

07:01


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:49


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

07:53


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:43


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

04:21


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

07:49


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:16


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:48


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

09:36


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

06:39


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

07:55


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:49


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

06:20


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:23


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:56


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

06:23


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

06:43


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

02:01


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

07:11


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

07:00


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

06:50


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

09:37


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

07:03


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

07:23


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

08:04


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

04:33


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

08:15


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

06:09


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

06:59


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

07:52


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

06:24


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

05:48


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

07:08


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

07:43


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

03:04


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

05:53


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

07:39


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

07:37


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

04:54


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

06:02


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

01:42


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

06:22


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

07:25


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

05:35


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

07:47


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

07:40


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

05:38


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

05:44


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

06:42


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

07:43


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

09:36


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

07:16


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

05:33


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

05:49


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

04:56


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

03:45


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

06:21


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

07:21


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

07:36


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

05:04


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

06:47


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

07:56


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

07:38


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

01:01


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

06:14


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

05:32


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

08:36


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

07:40


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

00:29