Book Review

Book Review: The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake

I never read fiction. Neverrrrr. As much of a bookworm I am, I am obsessed with learning and I get impatient when I don’t walk away from a book with a new idea for how I can better my life in some way.

But recently, I’ve been making an effort to incorporate more fiction into my life. Sometimes you need a break from learning and need to just enjoy a book for pure pleasure. Let’s be real. I will probably never read a play or poetry again. And probably will never get around to the classics of literature. But my life could use some novels or short stories.

I heard about The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake  (my Amazon affiliate program link) by Aimee Bender when it came out in 2010, and just got around to reading it. Maybe I liked it more because it’s literally the first novel I have read in a couple of years, but I really enjoyed it. It’s a somewhat pessimistic story of a girl who can tastes people’s feeling through their cooking, and I don’t want to give away much more than that. I was pretty hooked, forgoing the gym to read at my desk on my lunch break.

I don’t have much of an analysis or review for you, as fiction is still way out of my comfort zone, plus this book is only tangentially related to this blog’s topic. I was surprised it only got 3 stars on Amazon because I thought this was a well-written, fascinating read, and wanted to recommend it to all of you. If you like magic realism and you’re interested in food and eating, pick up a copy and let me know what you think!


2 thoughts on “Book Review: The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake

  1. Have you read Like Water, Like Chocolate? Great book and it sounds quite similar… especially the magic realism parts… except with more Latino passion! (and it’s pretty much a bona fide classic now). Check it out if you can; I seem to remember there were recipes in it too so you could cook those and make the review more tangentially related to your blog! :P

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