The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake (2010) Aimee Bender's celebrated brand of modern magical realism takes a particularly spare, melancholy turn in her latest The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake , the… 2010-06-01 Fiction Doubleday
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The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake (2010)

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake | The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Jun 01, 2010; Writer: Aimee Bender; Genre: Fiction; Publisher: Doubleday

Aimee Bender's celebrated brand of modern 
magical realism takes a particularly spare, melancholy turn in her latest The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, the tale of Rose Edelstein, who discovers at 9 years old that she can taste in every bite of food the emotions of each person who has grown, harvested, and prepared it. Rose's mysteriously conferred new sense quickly proves less a gift than a burden — a constant and unwelcome portal into the most private thoughts of everyone around her, including her own unhappy family. Lemon's story never fully coalesces, but it still lingers long after, like the hum of a half-
forgotten melody. B+

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Originally posted May 26, 2010 Published in issue #1105-1106 Jun 04, 2010 Order article reprints