The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, by Aimee Bender
In Aimee Bender's The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake nine year old Rose Edelstein discovers that she can taste the emotions of whoever prepares the food she tastes. One day after returning home from school Rose's mother is preparing a lemon cake. However, when Rose tastes the cake she also tastes her mother's feelings of emptiness, sadness, and desperation.
Bender blends magical and surreal elements into mundane, everyday life.
Reviewed by Ashley Fick