As number 54 on the hold list for Aimee Bender's bestselling The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, I'm getting a little antsy. If, like me, you're looking for something to tide you over until your copy is available, try these similar reads.
Savvy, by Ingrid Law
Like Rose Edelstein in Lemon Cake, members of the Beaumont family have unusual talents, or "savvies." Just days before Mibs' 13th birthday, when her savvy will awaken, her father is terribly injured. Believing her savvy will be able to save him, Mibs and her quirky, heartwarming companions set off on a journey to reach him. As they cross the country, they struggle with the magical and real aspects of growing up and finding your own voice - at any age. The thick dialect of Savvy is well-crafted, and should appeal to readers who enjoy Aimee Bender's lyrical style. Though technically a children's book, I highly recommend this bittersweet adventure for adult readers.
Like Water for Chocolate, by Laura Esquivel
Craving a sensual foodie read? Tita de la Garza's cooking in Like Water for Chocolate is inseparable from the heated passion between her and her lover, Pedro. The magical realism that pervades Lemon Cake has strong roots in Hispanic literature; in that tradition, Like Water for Chocolate expertly blends the real and the fantastical to create an atmosphere in which love, loss, desire, and the power of food are heightened to the boiling point. If you haven't read Like Water for Chocolate since high school, now may just be the time to pick it up again.
The Other Family, by Joanna Trollope
While Trollope's firmly realistic characters have no supernatural gifts, their deep emotional struggles will resonate with readers who were moved by Rose Edelstein's haunting sadness. Most of Trollope's books focus on the pains, joys, and complexities of family relationships, another similarity to Lemon Cake. She employs impeccable prose to draw you intimately into the worlds of struggling families and soul-searching characters. The Other Family is her newest novel, but you'll want to explore her earlier books as well.
Submitted by Audrey @ Central