The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake (2020)

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake Aimee Bender The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake On the eve of her ninth birthday Rose Edelstein 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 slice All at once
  • Title: The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake
  • Author: Aimee Bender
  • ISBN: 9780099538264
  • Page: 230
  • Format: Paperback
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake Aimee Bender On the eve of her ninth birthday, Rose Edelstein 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 slice All at once her cheerful, can do mother tastes of despair and desperation Suddenly, and for the rest of her life, food becomes perilous Anything can be revealed at any meal.Rose s giOn the eve of her ninth birthday, Rose Edelstein 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 slice All at once her cheerful, can do mother tastes of despair and desperation Suddenly, and for the rest of her life, food becomes perilous Anything can be revealed at any meal.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.The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake is about the pain of loving those whom you know too much about, and the secrets that exist within every family At once profound, funny, wise and sad, this is a novel to savour.
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  1. TK421

    THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Every so often a book comes along that creates a divisive turmoil in me Sometimes these books make me angry sometimes they make me shake my head in wonder as to why exactly I read it sometimes it takes months for me to really understand just how impactful the book was to me, which helps clear some of the fog or guilt or happiness or sadness or whatever I felt while reading it THE PARTICULAR SADNESS OF LEMON CAKE is such a book Let me first say that this is my first [...]

  2. Kelly

    You know what this book is It s Chinese food As soon as it s brought up you start salivating, almost tasting how delicious each morsel is going to be The minute you dive in, your body humming with anticipation, that first bite is everything you hoped it would be But, after awhile, the bites become forceful, the taste dull and average, ending with a full belly, but still not feeling full And the minute you put your fork down and give in to your limit, you know in half an hour you re going to be [...]

  3. Miki

    Okay I realize I m not deep, and I can very seldom get the hidden meaning in what I read, but this is ridiculous I can t find a single reason why anyone would read this book.SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER SPOILERRose is a young girl who learns that she can taste the emotions of people in the food they cook After some time, she can taste the layers in the food all the way back to where it was produced, for example, she can trace by their taste eggs to the actual county where they were gathered, the fiel [...]

  4. Jennie

    The best thing about this book is the cover I looked at it quite a few times before I realized the shadow wasn t reflecting the cake, but a girl I m guessing the narrator, Rose.Upon first glance and the reading of the synopsis, I m reminded of The Edible Woman by Margaret Atwood which I haven t read in years and would like to skim through again.And it was all downhill from there I can t decide if I should go into detail here about how much I disliked this book or not I probably should because th [...]

  5. Nancy

    Posted at Shelf Inflicted Nine year old Rose Edelstein discovers her gift when she takes a bite out of her mother s lemon cake This gift is of a curse, as Rose becomes privy to her mother s emotional turmoil that is masked by her cheerful and outgoing personality.This quirky novel is certainly not for everyone, and I wasn t quite sure it was for me either, but I quickly got sucked into Rose s life as she discovers family secrets and learns about herself When the emotions get too overwhelming f [...]

  6. Audrey

    I loved it I know there are a lot of mixed reviews out there about this novel, but I loved it I have no prior Aimee Bender experience, so I had no expectations going in, btw I thought the writing was lovely and sharp, really one of the best parts of the novel I wasn t bothered by the lack of punctuating dialogue I wasn t bothered by the fact that this was a novel in which things didn t really happen because I think they did They just happened very quietly, as quietly as Joseph turning into a cha [...]

  7. tee

    If this book was a person I would fuck it with the sensitivity required of banging a lithe, twee hipster who loves cats, typewriters, sunshine and forests Then I would take an overexposed photo of our intertwined post coitus naked bodies whilst we wear bunny masks and straight into the wank bank it d go Though I must say, this book if it were an IRL person would be like Lee Holloway, all presumed innocence but in fact kinky as hell Not that the book is kinky, it s deranged A little off So like [...]

  8. Katherine

    I m several chapters in and annoyed at the author s choice to completely ignore the style rule of punctuating dialogue with quotation marks Hello There s a reason for the rule, it alerts the reader that the words enclosed within those quotation marks are spoken words and allows the writing to flow smoothly Over the last few years we ve seen and books published where writers attempt to be innovative or clever by messing with standard punctuation and in my opinion few have been successful at it [...]

  9. Saleh MoonWalker

    Onvan The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake Nevisande Aimee Bender ISBN 385501129 ISBN13 9780385501125 Dar 292 Safhe Saal e Chap 2010

  10. Oriana

    after oh dear oh Aimee i love you so, have loved you so, continue to love you so, but i am so sorry to say that this book was a bit of a disappointment it felt unfinished hinted at like an early draft, almost i know how stunning you can be, and it isn t that this is bad or anything it s just not up to the standard i expected which is probably partially my fault probably just like The Ticking Is the Bomb, just like The Learners, just like The Great Perhaps, just like all post Rant Palahniuk, i d [...]

  11. Tracy

    Reading this so I can talk and or rage about it with Mattie.I left a lot of rage in my comment on another review, but I will just say this book was an utter disappointment The lack of quotation marks was annoying, but I could have gotten past that Rose s ability was interesting in and of itself, but the author failed absolutely at doing anything interesting WITH it for a good half of the book it was an afterthought, an irrelevance And when it was mentioned, it was disjointed, incoherent and lack [...]

  12. Kirstine

    I have struggled for very long with how to review this book Normally I can manage to spew out something at some point, but this has had me puzzled for so long I simply don t know how to say what I want to say about it It was not what I expected at all I expected a sweet, coming of age book The kind of book you didn t necessarily have to take too seriously or think about for too long Instead it was an incredibly tender and profound book that asks questions I don t quite know how to answer Imagine [...]

  13. Will Byrnes

    Bender uses magical realism in a coming of age tale, as young 9 Rosie begins to taste emotions in her food, which can make it a bit tough to keep down a meal Her first taste of her new talent arrives with an empty feeling when Mom and Dad are going through a difficult time Rosie must also cope with an older sibling, Joseph, to whom her mother attributes near mystical qualities In addition, as her talent has given her unnatural insight, she becomes the keeper of her mother s darkest secret.There [...]

  14. Flannery

    You ve got to be f king kidding me with this Oh, I see, her brother has a skill, too HE TURNS INTO FURNITURE What a joke That is not a skill unless you are Professor Slughorn, and even then, it is kind of a lame one And the fact that he either seems to have no desire to actually live a life because he didn t get into college or he chooses to be a chair forever Nice one Aimee Bender Well, have a nice life CHAIR in the closet of the restaurant Lame.And WTF was up with the fact that the whole book [...]

  15. Hannah Jane

    Wow Extremely disturbing and haunting And it was so depressing for most of the book but only because I didn t understand it until much too late I will list my most favorite parts 1 On page 64 The punching bag tucked inside every chocolate chip Also on the next page when the sandwich is telling her to love it So funny and so incredibly inventive 2 Chapter 20 This page was the very first time it hit me that no one ever sent anything to the grandma And it really hit me I had to stop reading for awh [...]

  16. Kelly

    This plot was built on an interesting premise the protagonist could taste every preparational element that went into the food she ate, including the undetected, subconscious emotions of the people who handled it But this brings pain on the protagonist, as she seems to find only one or two human beings, throughout the course of her young life, who do not possess a divided emotional self that is racked with pain or frustration that permeate the food they make query whether that is an ultra , or un [...]

  17. Alicia

    This book had a great premise, but went absolutely nowhere Ok, so she can taste people s feelings and exactly where the food came from Seems like two totally different talents to me, but here are combined as one I wish it would ve only been people s feelings because i think the author takes an easy out with having Rose want to eat only highly processed foods because there is less human interaction This gives Rose an easy way to not deal with her problem I also thought the entire Joseph storyline [...]

  18. Erika Gill

    I m not sure I have it in me to go into a really descriptive review of this novel But I will say a few things about my response to it 1 It made me sad Well, sadder I was already pretty sad for a number of reasons and this book did not help It s about a girl who is a victim to all of the emotions in the world Her brother is mentally and later physically absent from her life, her dad gives up, and her mother is an incredibly selfish, self absorbed woman, and Rose suffers a lot of disappointment.2 [...]

  19. Nenia ✨ Queen of Literary Trash, Protector of Out-of-Print Gems, Khaleesi of Bodice Rippers, Mother of Smut, the Unrepentant, Breaker of Convention ✨ Campbell

    Instagram Twitter Facebook PinterestWhen I looked at my friends reviews for THE PARTICULAR SADNESS OF LEMON CAKE, I noticed that almost all of my friends who read it gave it negative reviews After reading this book for myself, all I have to say is that this book proved to me that you can t always trust your friends Sorry, friends Reading is such a highly subjective experience, and what works for you doesn t always work for someone else and vice versa.After reading the summary, I will admit to ro [...]

  20. Leah

    Ohhhhhh, so, so good At nine, Rose bites into a piece of cake and discovers that she can taste the emotions of whomever made the food she is eating I kind of felt like Rose while reading this book I could feel the emotions of the characters, which made it an intense, moving, slightly overwhelming experience I feel like I ve been run over by an emotional tractor, but not in a bad wayjust in that my god life is messy and beautiful and how the hell do we make sense of it kind of way Phew Now I want [...]

  21. jordan

    Several reviewers have done a fine job of describing the characters and plot of Aimee Bender s lovely new novel, The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, and I see no reason to be redundant by reviewing the same material However, I think a word is in order about the differing reaction among reviewers to this work.Aimee Bender s magical realism, the use of the fantastical to explore the depths of the human heart, belongs to a particular tradition of writing While to my mind Bender continues to be on [...]

  22. Florence (Lefty) MacIntosh

    Okay, I ll bite A premise both odd and original about a girl who at the tender age of nine develops the ability to taste the feelings of the person who prepares her food Obviously she learns than she can handle, most difficult the window to her own mother s sadness I liked the pacing, the way the story quietly unfolded Full of the complications of a dysfunctional family, a few of them with strange, hidden abilities of there own Problem was it felt incomplete, too many loose ends Case in point w [...]

  23. Arlene

    jumps up and down I finished I finished Good Gawd I finished the book A Particular Sadness for Lemon Cake is a combination of unique, disturbing and unorganized I have no other words to describe this novel as I found myself tuning in and out of the events as they were slapped together in a messy sort of way that made me feel tossed around from scene to scene in a random fashion First off, it took me a few chapters to even achieve mild interest, but then when Part II came along all the way to the [...]

  24. Nancy

    Sometimes I really, really want to like a book I really wanted to love The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, because the lovely Sherry H so kindly sent it to me Thanks, Sherry That was so nice of you My initial resistance to this novel was that I thought it would be too twee, too frothily chick littish, and it was neither of those things Bender is an eloquent writer with a gift for stripping her characters down to their quivering nerve ends Unfortunately for me, though, this novel falls solidly [...]

  25. Rebecca

    All right, this is much of what I m looking for in literary fiction Many of the things that can bog a literary novel down go right here The Edelstein family is made up of lost, flawed people who nonetheless are trying and so win your heart in their ordinariness The plot is gentle and wholly subservient to character development, but Bender does have an ending in mind No one s living happily ever after, but there s enough resolution to feel like an actual story Since I frequently get terribly frus [...]

  26. Snotchocheez

    I wanted to love love love this and sometimes I even did , but 8 year old Rose s narration mucked up by no quotation marks couldn t quite rise above the weirdness of her ability to intuit the emotion of the preparer of her meals It reminded me a bit of Karen Russell or at least the magical melancholy evoked inSwamplandia and some of her short stories I really enjoyed, too, revisiting my old stomping grounds Hollywood and Los Feliz in Southern California Just wishThe Particular Sadness of Lemon C [...]

  27. mark monday

    when i first met aimee bender in a writing class at ucsd, she was the most magical yet misunderstood writer in the room over two decades later, it s nice to see that nothing has changed she is consistently original i d say that she writes like a lighter, equally offbeat, miniature version of tom robbins except i don t really like robbins and i sure do like bender go, aimee bender go, ucsd

  28. trina

    for having such a fantastic and intriguing premise, this book sure is completely godawful being a fan of magic realism, and of like water for chocolate , another book about emotion informing food and the course of an entire family s existence, i thought for sure i d enjoy a book about a little girl who can taste people s emotions by eating the food they ve prepared and how she copes with learning her loved one s deepest secrets i was wrong or at least i pinned my hopes on the wrong book in someo [...]

  29. Noce

    Manifestazioni in piazza, Italia paralizzata, il malcontento lievita e le torte dicono No Stamattina l Italia si svegliata col pi dolce degli aromi, quello delle torte in forno e delle paste alla crema Purtroppo non tutto oro quel che odora Ma sentiamo cos ha da dirci il nostro inviato S , buongiorno, qua la situazione critica All inizio sembrava una qualsiasi manifestazione pacifica, ma le forze dell ordine non erano preparate a un tale incremento di manifestanti.Ci sono cortei chilometrici div [...]

  30. Jeana

    Okay, this book took a really weird turn for me about 3 4 of the way through I was going along with it, enjoying the read, and liked the elements of tasting people in the food they prepared even though I thought it could have been expressed a little better But the last part is just plain weird SPOILER While I suspended my realistic nature for most of the book, when Joseph started becoming a chair, it lost me It lost my trust and my favor The writing was good I liked the character But this just w [...]

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