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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").
Title: The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake
Publisher: New York, Doubleday: 2010
ISBN Number: 0385501129
ISBN Number 13: 9780385501125
Book Condition: As New
Jacket Condition: as new Jacket
Item: 1.00 Item
Seller ID: 000984
Description: 292pp. 8vo. Signed boldly on the title page by the author. This is in the Powell's Books Indiespensable series and also comes in a custom lemon colored cloth slipcase with the book's title on slipcase cover (mirroring the book jacket illustration). Book is tight and unread and comes with a complete number line (10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1), original price is intact and there are no marks on book or jacket or slipcase. Book dust jacket is Brodart protected. Included is a Bound Galley of Myla Goldberg's book "The False Friend," four coasters promoting "The Hour: A Cocktail Manifesto" by Bernard DeVoto, and the usual Indiespensable cards with author interview (usually) and other pertinent/impertinent info.