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Friday, July 2, 2010

Books with Buzz: "The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake" by Aimee Bender.

Aimee Bender's new novel is one of the most promoted books around this summer. Are you going to read it?

The Book:        
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake: A Novel
Magical realism. When a girl eats food, she tastes the emotions of cook. 

The Author:
Aimee Bender.  Check out her web site here; it's a creative page.

Bender's other works include:
The Girl in the Flammable Skirt: Stories
Willful Creatures
An Invisible Sign of My Own: A Novel

Should you read it?  What some reviewers are saying:
"'The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake' features a family in which three people are seriously depressed and one is traumatized by their depression. And yet there's an almost trendy tone, a lightness of being, a blinding glare . . . It's this century's version of noir, or maybe it's the opposite of noir. Void of sentiment and high drama, bleached clean of mystery and even metaphor, it's about daily life that is increasingly impossible to navigate yet moving always forward."   Los Angeles Times.
"High-hearted and soulful"; a "virtuoso performance" from author Aimee Bender.  NPR
"Magic realism is kind of like cilantro; plenty of people love the Latin flavor. But for some, even a hint of it is like eating soap. My mom, for instance, picked up “The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake” – and put it right back down."  Christian Science Monitor.  
Am I going to read it?

Sounds intriguing.  I think I will check out this novel.

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