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The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender
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Dec 24, 11

Read in December, 2011

Apropos of the title, it was said. A young girl absorbs the sadness of her parents and brother and loses any trajectory for herself in the process, other than to covet her brother's only friend. The it all takes a supernatural twist that I still haven't been able to make sense of. Manages to capture how easily girls can drift out of any mainstream, mothers' attachment to sons and their desire to escape it, and distant fathers who can't help anybody with anything.
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