Hi everyone, hope you’re enjoying the bank holiday weekend so far, even if it is a little chilly for August! I am just a couple of chapters off finishing the titular book so I thought I would make a review of it!
It starts off with Rose Edelstein at 8 years old, with her impending 9th birthday coming up soon. Her mother decides to start baking a cake for her (lemon, naturally), another one of her ‘fads’ she goes through, just like woodworking later on (although that one finally sticks!). However, as Rose bites into a piece, her whole world turns upside down, as she can taste her mothers pain and worries through that one slice.
For the next few weeks, this newly discovered skill of hers troubles her, she can taste anyone’s feelings, if they themselves make some food and serve it to her. She discovers through this the troubled misfortunes of her brother, her father’s own secret skill he’s never discovered himself. George, her brother Joe’s friend, becomes interested in her skill, and decided to help her to try it out on restaurant meals too, more specifically, cookies.
It really is an outstanding story with an original concept. At first it starts off slow, then entices you in with more dazzling prose and superlative adjectives. If you can get past the first mismatched 60 pages, then you’re in for a treat! Overall, the book is mysterious and shows you how secrets exist within every family, and how the family dynamic changes after some of the secrets are unveiled or the members grow up.
I totally sympathised with the family’s struggles, as I myself have witnessed first hand how a family can be broken down. I guess the story also emphasises the struggle with various mental disorders, and how many things are all in our heads. It removes the stigma and prejudice against these individuals and shows the real person stuck behind it all. It is truly empowering.
The novel is extremely complex, yet with no speech marks, it is extremely simple at the same time. I guess it also shows how complex relationships are when relations to each other are so simple. I’m extremely fortunate to have come across this book, as it leaves a lasting memory on your mind. If you want a thought provoking read, then this is the book for you!