Written by Aimee Bender, The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake tells the remarkable and unusual story of Rose Edelstein, a girl who can taste emotions through food. On the eve of her ninth birthday, Rose bites into her mother's homemade lemon-chocolate cake and first discovers her magical gift, as she is able to taste the despair and desperation of her once cheerful, can-do Mum. Food now becomes perilous as anything can be revealed at any meal. Rose has to confront the truth behind her family's emotions, but learns there are some secrets even her tastebuds cannot discern. Full of the author's trademark surrealism, this is a funny, wise and sad novel about family secrets and the pain of loving those whom you know too much about.