The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I'm not sure I have it in me to go into a really descriptive review of this novel. But I will say a few things about my response to it.
1) It made me sad. Well, sadder. I was already pretty sad for a number of reasons and this book did not help. It's about a girl who is a victim to all of the emotions in the world. Her brother is mentally and later physically absent from her life, her dad gives up, and her mother is an incredibly selfish, self-absorbed woman, and Rose suffers a lot of disappointment.
2) It did not give me any closure. There is not a single event in Rose's life (including her discovery of the French cafe with lovingly made food), that gives her any (seemingly) real happiness, nor does it give the reader fulfillment or catharsis.
3) I was totally engrossed. This book is really very well written. Just don't read it when you're down in the dumps.
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