Rose's gift forces her to confront the truth behind her family's emotions - her mother's sadness, her father's detachment and her brother's clash with the world. But as Rose grows up, she learns that there are some secrets even her taste buds cannot discern.
Aimee Bender is the author of the novel An Invisible Sign of My Own and of the collections The Girl in the Flammable Skirt and Willful Creatures. Her work has been widely anthologized and has been translated into ten languages. She lives in Los Angeles.
This is going to be difficult to write but for me this book did not really live up to the expectations I had for it and that made me sad. Part of this had to do with the build up in the story. Rose tells the story as an adult starting on her ninth birthday. I felt both the child in the way it was told but there was to much adult tone in it making it that I was not sure which Rose I was dealing with. This made it hard for me to connect to her. After the initial excitement about being able to taste the emotion in the food the story starts to slow down and years go by without anything really happening until the end where there are some new developments.
I did like George but even though his existence is important to the book he is not there enough to make a difference for me.
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake
Author: Aimee Bender
Publisher: Windmill Books
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