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Willful Creatures: Stories by Aimee Bender
Willful Creatures: Stories

Finkella, January 2, 2010

There are many stories you read and think, what an interesting story or what lovely writing, then, there are stories that you read and you cannot even think afterwords as you are simply blown away. Aimee Bender is such an artist with the English language that reading a story of hers is like meeting with an old friend who knows just what to say to make you laugh from the depths of your heart, to make you think clearly for the first time in a long time, and to remind you that there are those moments that make life truly worth living. Benders' stories are magical and fairy tale-esque however, Bender always keeps an adult audience in mind. There is reason and rationale yet there is a magical understanding that such things as a tiny pet man, a woman with potato children and a boy with keys for fingers truly can exist. If I had not already heard of Benders' work categorized under the genre 'Fabulism,' I would recommend creating such a genre, purely for this rare new way of writing that Willful Creatures embodies from cover to cover.
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