By Aimee Bender
The wondrous Aimee Bender conjures the plush and relocating tale of a lady whose magical reward is mostly a devastating curse.
On the eve of her 9th birthday, unassuming Rose Edelstein, a lady on the outer edge of schoolyard video games and her distracted parents' cognizance, bites into her mother's do-it-yourself lemon-chocolate cake and discovers she has a mystical reward: she will flavor her mother's feelings within the cake. She discovers this present to her horror, for her mother--her pleased, good-with-crafts, can-do mother--tastes of depression and desperation. abruptly, and for the remainder of her lifestyles, foodstuff turns into a peril and a hazard to Rose.
The curse her reward has bestowed is the key wisdom all households hold hidden--her mother's existence outdoor the house, her father's detachment, her brother's conflict with the area. but as Rose grows up she learns to harness her present and turns into conscious that there are secrets and techniques even her flavor buds can't figure.
The specific unhappiness of Lemon Cake is a luminous story concerning the huge, immense trouble of loving an individual absolutely should you recognize an excessive amount of approximately them. it's heartbreaking and humorous, clever and unhappy, and confirms Aimee Bender's position as "a author who makes you thankful for the very life of language" (San Francisco Chronicle).