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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (27,755 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Aimee Bender Narrator: Lillo Way Publisher: Symphony Space Format: Original Staging Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2011 ISBN:
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The author of An Invisible Sign of My Own, whose work has been presented at Selected Shorts performances, discusses her second novel, a lush and moving story of a girl whose magical gift is really a devastating curse. She is interviewed by Heidi Julavits (novelist and co-editor of The Believer). A selection is performed by Lillo Way.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky | 2/15/2014

    " Embarrassing confession: I avoided reading this book for a long time because of the cover, which I thought was incongruous with the title. I've never heard of lemon cake with chocolate frosting, so I thought the picture couldn't be of a lemon cake. Now that you know I need to be committed for worrying about such things, I will say that I really enjoyed this book. It reminded me a bit of "Like Water for Chocolate," which isn't a bad thing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lauren Matcek | 2/11/2014

    " Amiee Bender's The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake is a sad tale of a girl who can taste the emotions of whoever cooked the food she happened to be eating. She watches her whole home life collapse as her mother finds love other than her father, her brother's continuous drawing into himsele. And falling for her brother's best friend who eventually has feelings for her too, but she pushes him away and falls for another woman. There are no quotations around the words so it makes the book harder to read and to understand. But if you can get past it, the story line is interesting and great to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen | 1/30/2014

    " This book started out so promising. It was engrossing and beautifully lush with a gripping story. But somewhere along the way it veered off course and she lost me. I began to wonder how she was going to explain things or resolve them, and found myself unsatisfied with her choices and wanting more. In the end, I'm not completely sure how I felt about this book. In part I think I get what she was trying to say, but in part I was also disappointed. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tanya Haney | 1/26/2014

    " The reference to Oki Dog on Pico Blvd put a smile on my face. It was a local favorite growing up. (Pastrami, cheese, and hot dog in a burrito. Mmmm...) The story itself wasn't exactly gripping though. If it were a sauce, I'd say it was "mild." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Samiyyah | 1/23/2014

    " beautifully creative "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fcerna | 1/21/2014

    " My first Aimee Bender book, and definitely not my last. Enjoyable read, and I got sucked in early on. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy Seaholt | 1/20/2014

    " Surreal, but I liked it. Though I would have appreciated quotes in the appropriate places - call me traditional. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christina | 1/19/2014

    " Interesting concept. A young girl has a gift for tasting things in food - as she develops this skill she can identify whether a food is organic, where it came from, and how the people involved in it's preparation were feeling at the time of preparation. With a disappearing brother, sad mother, and disconnected father, she grows up in a confusing environment. The ending picks up a little but it's mostly felt quite slow. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sonja Mercer | 1/19/2014

    " Loved the concept and the stangeness. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenny | 12/22/2013

    " This book had an interesting premise, but it just didn't quite all come together for me in the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 12/14/2013

    " I enjoyed the writing style and it was a nice story but I think she could have developed some characters a bit more, I saw the book as a metaphor but I think some parts were just too far fetched even as a metaphor "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Terrie | 11/29/2013

    " I wanted to give this 1 1/2 stars. I read the entire book waiting for some closure or to even be able to understand what was happening in the book. The best I can say is that it was a very strange book. What a disfunctional family! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carmen Lee | 10/31/2013

    " Lifts the veil...draws attention to the intricacies family dynamics, relationships... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Samantha Laskowski | 10/21/2013

    " amazing! I absolutely loved this book. I would suggest this to anyone. I couldn't put it down! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jo Anne | 10/19/2013

    " Gorgeous and lyrical and offbeat. Well done! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kimberly | 10/15/2013

    " Too sad. Just too long and too sad. The writing was ok, but I kept waiting for it to get better and it didn't. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Klara | 10/11/2013

    " I didn't like the beginning, nor the end, but I enjoyed the middle of the book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brenda | 9/22/2013

    " Will think about it later "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jpe90272 | 4/7/2013

    " Quirky, but quite enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laurel | 12/11/2012

    " Fun and interesting, but weak character development of brother, and weak ending.. Would give 3 and a half, but no halves here. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fatimah | 10/29/2012

    " Very.... for the lack of a better word, confusing(?) yet beautiful and creative. I absolutely loved it though, one of the best books I read this year. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kobbie | 5/4/2012

    " A unique approach to the telling of what it means to be a family - the misunderstandings, the growing, the acceptance. This is a beautifully written, beautiful story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicolet | 2/14/2012

    " I won't be surprised if this book is made into a film. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michele Costigan | 11/12/2011

    " This was an odd book. I am sure there are subtle life lessons I should have learned from this book but I didn't. It was enjoyable, just a little weird. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tellulah Darling | 11/11/2011

    " Simply gorgeous. The romantic in me was a little sad about (view spoiler)[ her not being with George (hide spoiler)] but otherwise, I adored this story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sheila Woofter | 9/22/2011

    " Oh, my! Another book to think about for a long time. Couldn't put it down. Can't decide if it is brilliant or just inventive. Maybe I'll come back to this later, after more thought. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelli | 6/30/2011

    " Sweet and mysterious. Comes down to seeing your life as a blessing or a curse. I was so happy with the choice this girl makes for herself. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 6/30/2011

    " I wish Goodreads had half-stars, because I was in between "liked it", and "really liked it". I liked the concept, and the eventual endings for most of the characters, but it dragged some in the middle. Worth the read, if you come across a copy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 6/29/2011

    " I loved this book! Aimee Bender created a unique plot with engaging characters, as well as beautiful imagery and eloquent sentence structures. I plan on checking out more of her work. My only complaint is that she didn't tie up all of the loose ends, leaving me hanging. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 6/29/2011

    " An unusual look at innate talents and how they affect our lives. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angie | 6/28/2011

    " This was an easy read and I thought an interesting story about a family. Still thinking about it a few days later. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brooke | 6/28/2011

    " The magic realism was interesting, but I can't say that I felt all that connected to the protagonist or her brother; the most sympathetic character to me was her mother, and I think that might not have been the author's intention. In the end, I felt a little let down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alyssa | 6/27/2011

    " Really weird and sad. I like it just cuz its so different from my typical reads "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mimy | 6/27/2011

    " A very weird book but very interesting! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sue | 6/26/2011

    " Another of our book club picks. Very strange but engaging - well written and true to the voice of the main character. Her "gift" made some sense but the "gift" of the brother's was just too far out there. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janet | 6/25/2011

    " Third food title in a row, and the first book read on my I Phone! An odd story, lovingly told, of a girl who can sense the emotions of all the people who had a part in making the food she is eating. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christine | 6/23/2011

    " I was disappointed with the ending and some of the magical realism, particularly that which dealt with her brother was a little far fetched even for me. It's a weak substitute for Like Water for Chocolate. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kaia | 6/23/2011

    " An interesting concept--a blend of magic realism mixed into an otherwise unsatisfied middle-class American novel. I thought the idea of the daughter taking on the tragedy of her family through food was clever and tragic and fascinating. Worth the read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Denise | 6/22/2011

    " Strange and unappealing. I only finished it because I can't leave a book in the middle! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Raeesa | 6/22/2011

    " im giving it two stars because i really liked the general idea. but, did i miss something? i totally didn't understand what was up with her brother (just some other power, but what...). i also didnt find the ending very satsifying "

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About the Author
Author Aimee BenderAIMEE BENDER is the author of the novels The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake—a New York Times bestseller—and An Invisible Sign of My Own, and of the collections The Girl in the Flammable Skirt and Willful Creatures. Her works have been widely anthologized and have been translated into sixteen languages. She lives in Los Angeles.