The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake

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May 26, 2010 at 04:00 AM EDT

Aimee Bender’s celebrated brand of modern ?magical realism takes a particularly spare, melancholy turn in her latest The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, the tale of Rose Edelstein, who discovers at 9 years old that she can taste in every bite of food the emotions of each person who has grown, harvested, and prepared it. Rose’s mysteriously conferred new sense quickly proves less a gift than a burden — a constant and unwelcome portal into the most private thoughts of everyone around her, including her own unhappy family. Lemon’s story never fully coalesces, but it still lingers long after, like the hum of a half-?forgotten melody. B+

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