Friday, January 27, 2012

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender

When Rose is nine years old, her mother makes her favorite lemon chocolate cake for her.  On the first bite, Rose realizes that she has a special gift - she can taste the emotions and deepest secrets of others in the food they make.  The sweetness of her mother's lemon chocolate cake is eclipsed by her mother's bitterness and despair, and Rose becomes a connoisseur of vending machines.  As Rose grows up, however, she comes to realize that she is not the only one in her family with a special talent - and that she cannot taste all of her family's secrets.  For fans of Alice Hoffman and Cecelia Ahern, The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake is an intriguing blend of mystery, magic and the power of family and love.