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The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake
by Aimee Bender
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1. Rose goes through life feeling peoples emotions through their food. Many eat to feel happy and comforted. Does this extreme sensory experience bring any happiness to Rose or only sadness?

2. What does Rose mean when she says her dad always seemed like a guest to her? How does this play out in the rest of the novel?

3. Mom's smiles were so full of feeling that people leaned back a little when she greeted them. It was hard to know just how much was being offered. What does Rose mean and how does this trait affect the mothers relationships?

4. What does the grandmother suggest when she tells Rose you dont even know me, How can you love me? How has the grandmothers relationship with Roses own mother affected the family dynamic?

5. Why does George suddenly conclude Roses gift isnt really a problem and stops investigating it?

6. What is the impact of Rose's discovery about her father's skills? Did this change the way you see the father?

7. What does the last image about the trees have to do with this family? How do you interpret the last line of the novel?

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