3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Amazing concept, badly executed.,
This review is from: The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake (Paperback)
I couldn't wait to get my teeth into this book (pardon the pun) as I thought the idea behind it was truly amazing! A child who could taste her mother's feelings in the food she made! Brilliant!
What transpired was a slow paced tale of family life; so the girl knew her mother was having an affair because she could taste it in her food.....that was about the most exciting thing that happened in this novel - until the last four chapters or so.
I won't spoil the ending for those who have read these reviews and still want to read the novel, (why would you?) but suffice it to say - there were sooo many possible avenues to travel down with a concept such as this - Bender doesn't take any of them. She heads off down the most unpredictable route and I was left thinking that the family sounded more like the main characters in The Incredibles part 2!
NO, I didn't like this novel, I was hugely disappointed with it and I would go as far as to say that there went 324 pages of my life I will never get back.
The only part of the novel I did like, asside from the occasional well placed simile, was the description of the family's ailing Grandma who as a reader, you never meet but who is slowly and systematically posting her life away to her child and grandchildren before her own death. I found those descriptions quite poignant.
I wouldn't read anything else by Aimee Bender, unfortunately.