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Join Aimee Bender to talk about THE PARTICULAR SADNESS OF LEMON CAKE, our October Book of the Month, TONIGHT, from 9pm

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TillyBookClub Wed 28-Sep-11 22:52:04

October's Book of the Month is THE PARTICULAR SADNESS OF LEMON CAKE by Aimee Bender, a New York Times bestseller and a recent Richard and Judy pick. Rose Edelstein lives in Los Angeles with her seemingly happy family. When she bites into a birthday cake on her ninth birthday, she suddenly tastes her mother's loneliness and unhappiness. After that, she can taste emotion in every morsel: anger in cookies made by a cross chef, distraction in her father's pudding, weariness in factory-processed butter. Worst of all, the blankness in her brother's toast. As Rose grows up, she finds her gift reveals all sorts of secrets she'd rather not confront, but that it cannot tell her everything...

Find out more about Lemon Cake on our book of the month page.

The lovely people at Random House have 50 copies to give away to Mumsnetters -just email your name and address to and put Lemon Cake/Mumsnet in the subject box (THE BOOKS HAVE NOW ALL GONE)

Otherwise, you can get your paperback or Kindle version now.

We are thrilled that Aimee will be chatting to us about The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake and all her other books on Wednesday 2 November 9-10 pm. Look forward to seeing you there.

groak Thu 29-Sep-11 19:45:40

Ooh, I've emailed them!

purpleturtletoise Thu 29-Sep-11 20:56:26

I'm reading that at the moment for the local library book group Mumsnetters made me join I just signed up to. I am enjoying it. (Although I would like it better with speech marks)

smileitssunny Thu 29-Sep-11 21:35:08

I just bought this! Will try to read it in time for 2nd Nov!

gailforce1 Thu 29-Sep-11 22:00:33

E mail sent and fingers crossed!

StewieGriffinsMom Fri 30-Sep-11 10:35:23

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

TillyBookClub Fri 30-Sep-11 11:23:17

All copies now gone so the giveaway is now officially closed. Good luck to all those who emailed - and hope you get your copies speedily this time!

I was reading more of it on the train yesterday whilst sitting in front a man scoffing his egg and bacon bap. Being his breakfast audience made me almost as nauseous as poor Rose.

SeaJay Fri 30-Sep-11 12:06:13

Fantastic book and fantastic lady. She is a friend of my brother and our families had lunch together last Christmas in LA - great food, great chat, great company. I look forward to hearing your conversation!

SexyDomesticatedDab Tue 04-Oct-11 15:47:10

Can't believe it - got this book too (got the What the Nanny Saw last time) - now if only I had the same success rate elsewhere.

gailforce1 Tue 04-Oct-11 20:49:09

Just got an e mail to say that I have a copy!! Thank you. Now all I need to do is finish A Thousand Autumns...

StewieGriffinsMom Tue 04-Oct-11 20:50:58

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Emski76 Wed 05-Oct-11 11:46:42

Just received my my copy in the post and an it wait to start reading!

StewieGriffinsMom Wed 05-Oct-11 11:51:23

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

TillyBookClub Wed 05-Oct-11 12:00:16

Great that books have arrived, look forward to hearing what y'all think.

Washersaurus Wed 05-Oct-11 22:59:32

I received my copy this morning and am already enjoying it. Thank you lovely book people grin

gailforce1 Thu 06-Oct-11 20:41:38

My copy was waiting for me when I got home from work, cheered me up after a crap day!

whereismywine Wed 12-Oct-11 16:05:44

Have now read it. Will say nothing until next month, but look forward to the chat!

Squigglywiggly Mon 17-Oct-11 14:09:42

I received a copy smile and look forward to the chat! Found it very readable.

KatharineClifton Wed 19-Oct-11 01:58:49

Really interesting book, and well written. I'm not sure I actually liked it, but I made it to the end! I didn't seem to like any of the characters.

whereismywine Wed 19-Oct-11 06:46:10

Katherine I'm totally with you. There were things I liked, but things I really didn't. Am itching to say more!

Squigglywiggly Wed 19-Oct-11 07:56:49

I agree with you both as well. Despite how easy it was to read I felt a little disappointed that it didn't really go anywhere and that I empathised with any of the characters.

SexyDomesticatedDab Wed 19-Oct-11 13:04:50

Read my free book too - most of it in the early hours of this morning.

purpleturtletoise Wed 19-Oct-11 19:56:59

I think my opinion is broadly the same as that already expressed here. I haven't taken part in a Book-of-the-month chat before - is it bad form to start the discussion in advance? We discussed it at the library last week and I will forget what the clever ladies said -- by-- 2 weeks time and I really enjoyed the discussion.

KatharineClifton Wed 19-Oct-11 20:55:52

I've not either. What's the form with Book of the Month threads TillyBookClub?

RiffRaffeta Fri 21-Oct-11 21:18:21

I got it free - thank you, and I really enjoyed it. Very unusual.

Can I ask a question for Aimee or will that be a spoiler for anyone thats not read it yet?

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