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The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake: The heartwarming Richard and Judy Book Club favourite
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Aimee Bender
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The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake: The heartwarming Richard and Judy Book Club favourite

Aimee Bender


Windmill Books

Fiction & Literature;
Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)


304 pages

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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 slice. She discovers this gift to her horror, for her mother - 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 secret knowledge all families keep hidden - truths about her mother's life outside the home, her father's strange detachment and her brother's clash with the world. Yet as Rose grows up, she realises there are some secrets that even her taste buds cannot discern.

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake is a luminous tale about the heartbreak of loving those whom you know too much about. It is profound and funny, wise and sad, and Aimee Bender's dazzling prose illuminates the strangeness of everyday life.

By:   Aimee Bender
Imprint:   Windmill Books
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 216mm,  Width: 135mm,  Spine: 21mm
Weight:   310g
ISBN:   9780099538271
ISBN 10:   009953827X
Pages:   304
Publication Date:   April 2011
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

AIMEE BENDER is the author of the novel An Invisible Sign of My Own and of the collections The Girl in the Flammable Skirt and Wilful Creatures. Her work has been widely anthologised and has been translated into ten languages. She lives in Los Angeles. Read more about Aimee Bender and her work at

Intriguing and poignantly written * PA Life * A book with such beautiful writing that sometimes I have to stop and taste a sentence a second time -- Jodi Picoult * Grazia * A wonderful metaphor for the child's sense of things that are never mentioned, and Bender writes with wit, warmth and insight. * The Times * Intense, strange and incredibly moving, it captures the magic and the romance of the unknown. With nods to both Chocolat and The Time Traveler's Wife, this is a beautifully written book and one that you will want to talk about long after you have finished reading it. * Elle * A lovely book, warm and comforting with moments of sadness and brilliantly written * Bookseller *

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