The unforgettable story of a girl whose magical gift becomes a devastating curse.
On the eve of her ninth birthday Rose Edelstein, a girl at the periphery of her distracted parents' attention, bites into her mother's homemade lemon-chocolate cake and to her horror discovers that she can taste her mother's emotions in the slice. And her mother - her cheerful, can-do mother - tastes of despair and desperation.
Suddenly food becomes perilous. Anything can be revealed by any meal - 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 it confirms Aimee Bender's place as a writer whose dazzling prose illuminates the strangeness of everyday life.