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The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake

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October 2014 Guest Editor Cecelia Ahern on The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake...

I love how Aimee Bender views the world. She has a quirky take on every day life and I find that inspiring. This is about a character who discovers that she has the magical gift of being able to taste peoples’ emotions in the food that they prepare. When she is nine years old she bites into a lemon cake and tastes her mother’s emotions. This is not a gift as her happy mother, tastes of desperation and sadness. The character learns that it can be heartbreaking to know the hidden thoughts and secrets of the people you love and she must learn how to detach herself from the problems of strangers.

 

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One of our Great Reads you may have missed in 2011.

Young Rose, aged 9 when the story opens, finds that she can tell the mood of the person who cooked the food she is eating. It turns out that the rest of her family have some pretty weird traits too but it all seems quite natural – rather as The Time Traveler’s Wife settings seemed natural at the time of reading. So this is not for the literal minded, it’s magical realism beautifully written, a bit sad and very special.

 

A Richard and Judy Autumn Read 2011.

Sarah Broadhurst

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