03 September 2011

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake ~ Aimee Bender

** OK **

Tournament of Books : 2011

Funny book ~ not funny “ha ha” but funny “peculiar”.
May have been better as a short story!

I didn’t exactly dislike it but .... it had a good premise for the story but it just became weird in an unsatisfactory way. It is told from the point of view of Rose, starting from when she was 8 till she was an adult but the “voice” doesn't change that much ... it all remains rather immature for an adult or a little too astute for a child.

Rose has a “gift” in that she can identify people’s emotions by eating food they have cooked. This gift is the bane of her existence that she finally comes to terms with. He brother also has a “gift” ... hmmm I think it is that he can “think” himself into inanimate objects. The father may also be “gifted” but avoids testing himself.

So they are odd. So is the book. Quirky idea left hanging by the author.