Aimee Bender

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June 23, 2010 - 7:00pm
Prairie Lights

Aimee Bender will read from her new novel, The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake. On the eve of her ninth birthday, unassuming Rose Edelstein, a girl at the periphery of schoolyard games and her distracted parents' attiontion, bites into her mother's homemade lemon-chocolate cake and discovers she has a magical gift — a gift that's really a devastating curse. Aimee Bender is the author of a previous novel, An Invisible Sign of My Own, published in 2000 and named as an L.A. Times pick of the year, and two collections of short stories: The Girl in the Flammable Skirt, a New York Times Notable Book of 1998 and Willful Creatures, published in 2005 and nominated by The Believer magazine, owned by McSweeney's, as one of the best books of the year.