Aimee Bender is known for her bizarre imagination and dazzling prose, and this book is no exception. Rose Edelstein has an unusual magical power: the ability to taste the emotions of others in the food they’ve prepared. At first she feels cursed, unable to enjoy simple pleasures like lemon cake without experiencing the sadness of her mother. However as she grows up she is able to hone her powers and can uncover secrets and personal histories, and is better able to relate to her family and strangers. This beautifully written, character-driven novel will delight you with its whimsicality, and touch you with its moving depth.
Karissa (Staff) (Clemens Mill Library)
I read this book, although I don't know why, because I could taste the "particular sadness" of this book most of the way through it. It is a sad book by a talented author. I found the protagonist's talent for sussing out the lives of people who cooked for her to be very intriguing and well done; but,I have to say, North American authors should leave magic realism to South American writers like Garcia Marquez and Esquivel. There was no passion or depth of feeling only the ongoing flatness of real life and panic over the contrived disappearance of her brother. Only read this on really sunny days and if you want to understand your weird brother.
Angela Caretta (Staff) (Hespeler Library)
I really liked this offering from Aimee Bender. The coming of age tale of a young girl who can taste peoples feelings in the food they prepare, really touched me (more than I thought it would). It is a page turner and a natural for book clubs.
Greg (Staff) (Clemens Mill)
Like the kid who saw dead people, Rose Edelstein is a saddled with a tormenting gift. She can taste people's emotions in the food they make. First, it's her mother's lemon cake, and soon it's everything she eats. A creative idea, turned into a good novel, that is also on Oprah's summer reading list.
Phil (Staff) (Queen's Square)