Young Rose Edelstein discovers—as she eats the lemon cake her mother has prepared for her ninth birthday—that she can discern the emotions of the people who have prepared her food just by tasting it. Aimee Bender’s second novel, The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake (Doubleday, 2010), takes this fantastical premise and uses it to examine Aimee and her family. We watch her grow into an uneasy acceptance of this odd gift and struggle with what she can know and what she can barely understand about those she is closest to. The result, at least for this reader, is a haunting melancholy.
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