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The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender
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Aug 30, 10

it was amazing
Read in August, 2010

Two sensitive siblings manifest fantastical abilities against the backdrop of the ordinary tragedy of family life. The "plot" of this book, what actually happened, felt a little superfluous; what stayed with me were the incredible descriptions of Rose's double-edged "gift." This book made me reconsider some familiar questions: why does one sibling get out of a troubled family intact while another doesn't; how do we learn to live with our unique sensitivities; how much of ourselves do we need to shut down in order to be in relationship with others; how empathy is it really safe to feel? I highly recommend this book.

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