Thursday, July 15, 2010
On my Nightstand
Currently I am reading a wonderful book (it has already gotten a fair amount of hype, but it is all absolutely warranted) called The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake (Aimee Bender). The protagonist is a girl who, at the ripe age of five, discovers she can taste other people's feelings through food. The narrator, Rose, tries her mother's homemade lemon cake and is surprised that she can taste her mother's overwhelming sadness (hence the title). It is engaging and well written-Rose is likable and honest despite her confusion and fear. A few folks have commented that it is a bit dark, which I would agree with, however I think it is dark like the color burgundy: deep and pretty while still maintaining a powerful darkness that is completely original.