Lemon by Cordelia StrubeLemon by Cordelia Strube

Lemon

byCordelia Strube

Paperback | October 15, 2009

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Lemon has three mothers: a biological one she's never met, her adopted father's suicidal ex, and Drew, a school principal who hasn't left the house since she was stabbed by a student. She has one deadbeat dad, one young cancer-riddled protege, and two friends, the school tramp and a depressed poet. Figuring the numbers are against her, Lemon just can't be bothered trying to fit in. She spurns fashion, television, and even the mall. She reads Mary Wollstonecraft and gets pissed off that Jane Eyre is such a wimp. Meanwhile, the adults in her life are all mired in self-centredness, and the other kids are getting high, beating each other up in parks, and trying to outsex one another. High school is misery, a trial run for an unhappy adulthood of bloated waistlines, bad sex, contradictions, and inequities, and nothing guidance counsellor Blecher can say will convince Lemon otherwise. But making the choice to opt out of sex and violence and cancer and disappointment doesn't mean that these things don't find you. It will be up to Lemon if she can survive them with her usual cavalier aplomb.

Cordelia Strube has won the CBC Literary Competition for her play Mortal and the Toronto Arts Foundation Protégé Award and she has been shortlisted for the Prix Italia and the Governor General's Award. Her previous novels include Milton's Elements, Dr. Kalbfleisch and the Chicken Restaurant, Planet Reese and Lemon, which was lon...
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Title:LemonFormat:PaperbackDimensions:260 pages, 7.99 × 5.41 × 0.88 inPublished:October 15, 2009Publisher:Coach House BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1552452204

ISBN - 13:9781552452202

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Rather intense This story is disturbing and incredibly funny all at the same time. It's a quick read, really, and I adore Strube's writing for her voice. I've also read Planet Reese and will be diving into Mitosz soon enough. Lemon is for anyone who isn't afraid of vulgarity, especially in a female lead, and in-your-face honesty about everything in general. I'd almost describe Lemon as heartbreaking but somehow this story will likely relate to anyone. Give it a try.
Date published: 2013-06-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from very good read This book grabbed me form the start until the end. It really is a book about rape and sexual assualt and it brought a tear to my eye. However, it is much more than that and well worth the short time it took to read it, you will love it.
Date published: 2012-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Definitely not a lemon This may arguably be Strube's best book yet. While she still has the dark humour and compelling angst of earlier books, at least this time, like Pandora's jar, she left us with hope -- unlike the bleak emotional nihilism of earlier works, like The Barking Dog. The title character is unforgettable, and takes you on a poignant, moving journey of self-discovery that typifies the struggles of today's teens. A brilliant work and a fabulous read.
Date published: 2011-07-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A heavy, but compelling read First off I should say Strube's writing is beautiful, I was compelled to keep reading even when I was physically ill at some of the subject matter. She made every character very real. The back of the book, though it mentions suicide and cancer, I think paints the book as a comedy, or something along the lines of Toews' Nomi Nickel. The further I got into the book the more disturbed I was at the intensity of the subject matter, but please know the writing is frank and authentic; well-conveyed. I found Limone unlikeable about from about the halfway part. I stopped rooting for her and that was for me, the worst part of this book. All the characters, even minor ones, were painted well. I had enough information about each of them to have a reaction to each of their lives and actions. Strube's writing at times reminded me of Palahniuk, the way she would flush out seemingly random information that her character had internalized. Well written, but I still can't shake the content from my brain. I feel angry and saddened by everything that has happened. Makes me scared to have children. It seems in Limone's world there are only victims or perpetrators... no in-between and certainly no heroes.
Date published: 2011-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favorite book of 2010 I simply adored every aspect of this novel. It is equal parts tragic and hilarious, Lemon is a wonderfully empathetic, yet dysfunctional, highly intelligent, yet lost and just trying to find her place in the world character. Although marketed as adult fiction, I think any 15 year old girl could see herself, at least in part, in Lemon, and given the drivel that is on the shelves for our girls these days, it would also make for an intelligent read as well. If you haven't read this masterful work by Cordelia Strube, then you're missing out on what I think is the best release in 2010! Pick it up today!!
Date published: 2011-03-09