The fabulist elements of the particular sadness of lemon cake are stunning but what makes this novel a keeper is the sheer beauty of the language bender uses to describe love npr books we like. The particular sadness of lemon cake is a bizarre novel but certainly not in a good way the delectable premise of having a magical gift that can taste peoples hidden emotions is fascinating but when you infuse other individuals special gifts with a pint of magical realism into the already rich mixture thats the time it becomes . The particular sadness of lemon cake is a luminous tale about the enormous difficulty of loving someone fully when you know too much about them it is heartbreaking and funny wise and sad and confirms aimee benders place as a writer who makes you grateful for the very existence of language san francisco chronicle. The particular sadness of lemon cake begins just before rose edelsteins ninth birthday she eats a cake her mother baked and tastes a hollow sadness inside it her mother denies that she is sad . The particular sadness of lemon cake a novel aimee bender doubleday 292 pp 2595 it makes sense everything is made up of many things cells fibers chemicals and also the thoughts and feelings of the people who make the things
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