Friday, July 16, 2010

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake is a luminous tale about the enormous difficulty of loving someone fully when you know too much about them. It is heartbreaking and funny, wise and sad, and confirms Aimee Bender’s place as “a writer who makes you grateful for the very existence of language” (San Francisco Chronicle). I attended Ms. Bender's recent reading at Elliot Bay Books and it made me want to listen to the audio version of TPSOLC. Bender's voice is pure velvet and the depth to which she knows her characters resounds in each sentence as she reads. This book is the perfect literary summer read.