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The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake

(2010)
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The wondrous Aimee Bender conjures the lush and moving story of a girl whose magical gift is really a devastating curse.

On the eve of her ninth birthday, unassuming Rose Edelstein, a girl at the periphery of schoolyard games and her distracted parents' attention, bites into her mother's homemade lemon-chocolate cake and discovers she has a magical gift: she can taste her mother's emotions in the cake. She discovers this gift to her horror, for her mother - her cheerful, good-with-crafts, can-do mother - tastes of despair and desperation. Suddenly, and for the rest of her life, food becomes a peril and a threat to Rose.

The curse her gift has bestowed is the secret knowledge all families keep hidden - her mother's life outside the home, her father's detachment, her brother's clash with the world. Yet as Rose grows up she learns to harness her gift and becomes aware that there are secrets even her taste buds cannot discern.

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 Bender's place as 'a writer who makes you grateful for the very existence of language' (San Francisco Chronicle).

    

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"Such beautiful writing." - Jodi Picoult


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Hardback Editions

August 2011 : UK Hardback

Title: The Particular Sadness Of Lemon Cake
Author(s): Aimee Bender
ISBN: 1-4448-0812-5 / 978-1-4448-0812-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Ulverscroft
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April 2011 : USA Library Binding
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Title: The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake
Author(s): Aimee Bender
ISBN: 1-61383-118-8 / 978-1-61383-118-2 (USA edition)
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October 2010 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake (Thorndike Reviewers' Choice)
Author(s): Aimee Bender
ISBN: 1-4104-3064-2 / 978-1-4104-3064-9 (USA edition)
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June 2010 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake: A Novel
Author(s): Aimee Bender
ISBN: 0-385-50112-9 / 978-0-385-50112-5 (USA edition)
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Paperback Editions

January 2011 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake
Author(s): Aimee Bender
ISBN: 0-09-953826-1 / 978-0-09-953826-4 (UK edition)
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April 2011 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake
Author(s): Aimee Bender
ISBN: 0-385-72096-3 / 978-0-385-72096-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Anchor
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February 2011 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake
Author(s): Aimee Bender
ISBN: 0-09-953827-X / 978-0-09-953827-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Windmill Books
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September 2011 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake
Author(s): Aimee Bender
ISBN: 0-307-73715-2 / 978-0-307-73715-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Books on Tape
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February 2011 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake
Author(s): Aimee Bender
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May 2010 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake: A Novel
Author(s): Aimee Bender
Publisher: Anchor
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