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The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender
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Jul 28, 10

bookshelves: 2010
Read in July, 2010

When an author's writing makes me thankful for my ability to read and feel by gliding into another person's world, it is truly remarkable. I'm still reeling from the experience of this novel and look forward to hearing what other people think.

This is the story of a young girl named Rose who discovers that she can taste other people's deepest emotions and secrets through the food that they prepare. This changes her perspective on the world. And while she tells us her story we learn about her brother and mother and father. Her brother Joseph wants nothing more than to be left alone, to disappear from the limitations of his life. The two understand each other only as siblings can, even though they refuse to accept, at least at first, the peculiarities of the other. It takes George, Joseph's brilliant friend, to release both of them.

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