"The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake is a luminous tale about the enormous difficulty of loving someone fully when you know too much about them. It is heartbreaking and funny, wise and sad, and confirms Aimee Bender's place as "a writer who makes you grateful for the very existence of language."—San Francisco Chronicle
"Charming and wistful....Bender harnesses her exquisite, bizarre sensitivity, in this haunting examination."—The Atlantic
"Taking her very personal brand of pessimistic magical realism to new heights (or depths), Bender's second novel....carreens splendidly through an obstacle course of pathological, fantastical neuroses.....Bender emerges as more a spelunker of the human soul....plumbs an emotionally crippled family with power and authenticity....brimming with a zesty, beguiling talent."