Wednesday, September 14, 2011

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake: A Novel
This book begins when Rose is 8 years old and she finds that she can taste the emotions of the cooks in the foods that she eats.  Her mother's lemon cake tastes "empty" and makes her feel bad.  She discovers that all foods give her the emotions of the chefs who cooked them and she can even tell where the foods came from.  This leads her to quite a bit of distress and she gratefully eats processed foods that were never touched by human hands.  The story is intriguing and well told, but gets a little confusing about her brother Joseph, who also has a "gift" and is also depressed.  Apparantly her whole family is hiding secrets and her brother's secret is hiding.  I enjoyed the book and read the whole thing in a few hours. 

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