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Teaser Tuesdays: The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake

June 17th, 2014 (12:07 pm)

Teaser TuesdaysTeaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


And here is my Teaser for today. This is from Aimee Bender's novel, The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake. I've actually just finished reading the book, but my Book Club is discussing it tonight, so it seems appropriate to choose my teaser from this one. The story is about a girl who realizes that when she eats, she can taste where the ingredients came from and what the person who prepared them was feeling, a discovery she finds so disturbing that for a while she avoids eating altogether, until she learns which foods seem safe. I know, this looks long. But it really is two sentences.
Bender - The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake
"I didn't know who else to talk to, or tell, so, on my own, I ate packaged snack food, learning the subtle differences in tightness and flatness from the various factories across the country, and I ate pre-prepared food from the grocery store that had been made by happy clerks, and uptight clerks, and frustrated clerks, and sometimes I felt scared to open up the refrigerator. Baked goods were the most potent, having been built for the longest time from the smallest of parts, so I did best with a combination of the highly processed — gummy fish, peanut-butter crackers, potato chips — made by no one, plus occasional fast-food burgers, compiled by machines and made, often, by no one, and fruits and vegetables that hadn't been cooked."

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Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: June 17th, 2014 06:31 pm (UTC)

This sounds like a delightful and original idea for a story. I'm curious about the trouble this "talent" causes.

Posted by: Melissa Owens (Melissa Owens)
Posted at: June 18th, 2014 02:52 am (UTC)

Aw that title makes me sad because I happen to LOVE lemon cake. Great teaser!

Here's my TT post. (http://www.melissas-bookshelf.com/2014/06/teaser-tuesdays-fractured-by-karen-e.html)

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