Ross H, September 10, 2012 (view all comments by Ross H)
A dazzling collection of short stories that are at once mind-blowing and outrageous, while simultaneously ringing strangely and profoundly true to life. Aimee Bender's short stories are so full and rich, it's as if each contains a novel's-worth of content. From devolving boyfriends to girls with hands made of ice and fire to a dad who one day awakens with a giant hole in his stomach, these stories will amaze and delight.
Janet Hamilton, November 13, 2006 (view all comments by Janet Hamilton)
If you are a reader who does not require dull and boring old fashioned story telling, get yourself turned on to Aimee Bender! Her whacky and wonderful writing keeps the surprises coming at an amazing pace. Her imagination is so unique and awe inspiring that it is difficult to describe. If she were a circus act she would be the lioness jumping through the hoop of fire, fearless and conscious of the passionate nature of the fire. In the title story, "The Girl with the Flammable Skirt," the image of the girl whose skirt is on fire is brought vividly to life when the author wonders if the dancing girl who whirled too close to the burning candle believed for even a moment, after being engulfed in flames, "that her passion had arrived."
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