October 2011 book of the month: The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender


A New York Times bestseller (and a recent favourite of our own Richard and Judy), The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender is immediately engaging, intriguing and charming.

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.

Straightforward and poignant, The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake is a funny and thoughtful book.

Book club discussion: Wed 2 Nov, 9-10pm

We are delighted that Aimee will be joining us to chat about The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake and her other novels on Wed 2 Nov, 9-10 pm.

If you'd like to get stuck into the discussion, purchase a paper copy and get reading.


About Aimee Bender

Aimee Bender is the author of An Invisible Sign of My Own and two collections of stories, The Girl in the Flammable Skirt and Willful Creatures. 

She lives in Los Angeles, where she teaches creative writing. Read more about Aimee at Flammableskirt.com.

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