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The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake (Unabridged)

by Aimee Bender

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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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The particular sadness of lemon cake

I can't tell you whether the book was any good or not. The narrator was SO bad that I just couldn't listen to the story! I listen to a lot of audiobooks while commuting...this was the most poorly narrated book I've listened to...

Bad narrator!

I usually listen to audio books while cleaning to pass the time quickly...I COULD NOT get through this one due to the narrator. I read great reviews for it though, will just read the book!

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake

I almost did not buy this audiobook because of the reviews. Want to say that I LOVED the book and the narration. In fact I thought the cadence and tone of the author's reading matched perfectly with the rhythm and feel of the book.

Aimee Bender, The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake (Unabridged)
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  • Narrator: Aimee Bender
  • Published: 2010
  • Category: Fiction
  • Provider: Random House Audio
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