Friday, June 25, 2010

Friday 56: Week 48 - The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender

* Grab the book nearest you. Right now.
* Turn to page 56.
* Find the fifth sentence.
* Post that sentence (plus one or two others if you like) along with these instructions
on your blog or (if you do not have your own blog) in the comments section of this blog.
Post a link along with your post back to this blog and to Storytime with Tonya and Friends at
* Don't dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSEST.

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake: A Novel
Here's mine from The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake: A Novel  by Aimee Bender.   I just received the book this week and am very excited to start reading!
Here's the blurb:

On the eve of her ninth birthday, unassuming Rose Edelstein, a girl at the periphery of schoolyard games and her distracted parents' attention, bites into her mother's homemade lemon-chocolate cake and discovers she has a magical gift:  she can taste her mother's emotions in the slice.

She discovers this gift to her horror, for her mother -- her cheerful, good-with-crafts, can-do mother -- tastes of despair and desperation.  Suddenly, and for the rest of her life, food becomes a peril and a threat to Rose.  Anything can be revealed at any meal.  She can't eat her brother Joseph's toast; a cookie at the local bakery is laced with rage; grape jelly is packed with acidic resentment.

Rose's gift forces her to confront the secret knowledge all families keep hidden -- truths about her mother's life outside the home, her father's strange detachment, Joseph's clash with the world.

Yet as Rose grows up, she realizes there are some secrets that even her taste buds cannot discern.

Here's my Friday 56:
Why'd you solve it that way? Joseph asked.

It's quicker like this, said George, scratching on a pad.

Wait, do that again, said Joseph. 

Which part?


The toy train bumped along a track of red and blue.  I sat and listened for a half-hour, and not once did Joseph explain something to his guest.


  1. Sounds like a good one.

    Here's mine:

    Happy Friday!

  2. Hi!
    Sounds like an intriguing book. I'll have to check into this one. Have a great day!

    Just Books