Monday, July 05, 2010

The 12 best fiction titles of the summer

For The Daily Beast, Janice Kaplan named the twelve best fiction titles of the summer.

One novel on the list:
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender

Mundane daily experiences gracefully mix with the surreal in Aimee Bender’s The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake–where a protagonist named Rose discovers at age 9 that she can taste emotions in food. With a bite of dinner, she knows if her mother is sad or lonely or having an affair. Her strange gift allows her to begin understanding the secrets that get hidden in all families. As Rose slowly realizes that her brother, too, has an unearthly power, the story becomes a subtly detailed exploration of the trials and differences we all endure.
Read about the other books on the list.

The Page 99 Test: Aimee Bender's Willful Creatures.

Writers Read: Aimee Bender.

--Marshal Zeringue