Thursday, July 15, 2010

giveaway: the particular sadness of lemon cake

Now this is a title that caught my attention: The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake. I love lemon cake. Every time I go to the bookstore, I attempt to buy this book even though I already have a copy of it. Now, thanks to Doubleday, you have the chance to win one of two copies!

From Publishers Weekly:
"Taking her very personal brand of pessimistic magical realism to new heights (or depths), Bender's second novel (following An Invisible Sign of My Own) careens splendidly through an obstacle course of pathological, fantastical neuroses. Bender's narrator is young, needy Rose Edelstein, who can literally taste the emotions of whoever prepares her food, giving her unwanted insight into other people's secret emotional lives—including her mother's, whose lemon cake betrays a deep dissatisfaction. Rose's father and brother also possess odd gifts, the implications of which Bender explores with a loving and detailed eye while following Rose from third grade through adulthood. Bender has been called a fabulist, but emerges as more a spelunker of the human soul; carefully burrowing through her characters' layered disorders and abilities, Bender plumbs an emotionally crippled family with power and authenticity. Though Rose's gift can seem superfluous at times, and Bender's gustative insights don't have the sensual potency readers might crave, this coming-of-age story makes a bittersweet dish, brimming with a zesty, beguiling talent."

The rules: Enter by leaving a comment to this post with your email (if I can't contact you, you can't win). You can gain additional entries by leaving separate comments letting me know that you're a follower or have posted a link to the giveaway on your site. The deadline to enter is 11:59pm Pacific on July 31. Winners will be selected at random. Since this is from Doubleday, the winners must have mailing addresses in the US; no PO Boxes.

29 comments:

  1. I really want to read this one. I've heard good things.

    teresasreadingcorner at gmail dot com

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  2. I am a follower.

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  3. Please enter me in this giveaway - Thanks!

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  4. I'd love to read The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake :) *Thanks* for the giveaway!
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  5. Publicly following My Book Views with Google Friend Connect [Cheryl F. {The Lucky Ladybug}]
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  6. I would love to win a copy of this book. I've seen many great reviews for it.

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  7. I am also a google follower. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  8. I would love to read this book—please enter me to win!

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  9. please count me in...thanks :)

    karenk
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  10. Love to read this one.

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  11. I'm a new subscriber

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  12. Please include me in your giveaway.
    Thanks
    Debbie
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  13. I am a follower.
    Thanks
    Debbie
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  14. I would love to win this book. I have heard great things about it and the cover always catches my eye!

    Thank you!

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  15. I'm a follower of your blog!


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  16. Excellent book, would enjoy reading this one, please count me in!

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  17. Google follower!

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  18. Please count me in, I would love to read this!
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  19. I follow via Google Reader.
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  20. This sounds like a great read
    Please enter me

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  21. I'm a follower

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  22. Thanks for hosting the contest! Count me in!

    Laura Hartness
    The Calico Critic
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  23. I'm following the blog

    Laura Hartness
    The Calico Critic
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  24. I posted your contest on my sidebar:

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    Thanks again!

    Laura Hartness
    The Calico Critic
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  25. This looks like a book that would feed the soul.

    Emma
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  26. I'd love this! Thank you for the giveaway.

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  27. Please enter me! Thanks for the giveaway.

    -Jenna
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  28. Like a chance to win.
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