Book Discussion - The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake

Book choices are meant to be driven by attending members, so at the February discussion we voted on books suggested by those around the table. We decided that March's book would be The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender.  Hope you can join us!

From Goodreads:

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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  • Bethany

    Really enjoyed the discussion of this one! Thanks to all for coming!

    2 · March 24, 2014

  • Beth R.

    I just found out that I have friends in town and tonight is the only time that we can get together. I am so disappointed - loved the book and was looking forward to the discussion.

    March 24, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just purchased April's book.... can't wait to join you guys the discussion!!

    March 24, 2014

  • Dottie D.

    I did finish the book, really strange, but good. I will not be joining the discussion, I am going to a triathlon training program at the same time. Definitely will be at the next hike.

    March 23, 2014

    • Bethany

      Bummer! We'll have to chat about the book at our next hike :)

      March 24, 2014

  • Katy

    Finished the book. Good one! Hope to be there tomorrow night, God willing ;)

    March 23, 2014

    • Bethany

      Glad you found a copy! Hopefully I'll see you tonight!

      March 24, 2014

  • Bethany

    I'm rounding the finish line today, and things just got strange! I'm eager to see what you all think of what's going on... and also interested to see how it ends!

    March 23, 2014

    • John

      I am disappointed that I can't be at the discussion. Don't worry, the ending ties everything together, and then you'll understand the theme!

      1 · March 23, 2014

  • Jennifer

    Boo.. I can't make Monday's.

    March 23, 2014

  • Katy

    Has anyone finished the book that I can borrow it from? Library is out of copies.

    March 18, 2014

    • Bethany

      Mine is an e-book - do you have a iPad, iPhone, kindle, nook, etc? The PP library has a system for e-books, and I had no wait when I borrowed it.

      March 18, 2014

    • Katy

      No I don't. Drat.

      March 18, 2014

  • John

    Bummer! I'll be in Virginia for business, and I really like this book! I hope the group has enjoyed it.

    March 14, 2014

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