The Girl in the Flammable Skirt: Stories

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Aug 10, 2011 - Fiction - 192 pages
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A grief-stricken librarian decides to have sex with every man who enters her library. A half-mad, unbearably beautiful heiress follows a strange man home, seeking total sexual abandon: He only wants to watch game shows. A woman falls in love with a hunchback; when his deformity turns out to be a prosthesis, she leaves him. A wife whose husband has just returned from the war struggles with the heartrending question: Can she still love a man who has no lips?

Aimee Bender's stories portray a world twisted on its axis, a place of unconvention that resembles nothing so much as real life, in all its grotesque, beautiful glory. From the first line of each tale she lets us know she is telling a story, but the moral is never quite what we expect. Bender's prose is glorious: musical and colloquial, inimitable and heartrending.

Here are stories of men and women whose lives are shaped--and sometimes twisted--by the power of extraordinary desires, erotic and otherwise. The Girl in the Flammable Skirt is the debut of a major American writer.

BONUS MATERIAL: This edition includes an excerpt from Aimee Bender's The Color Master.

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There is a segment in Walt Disney's Fantasia in which water nymphs dance along the surface of lakes and leaves, spinning swirls of gold and silver in their wake. It's a moment of such brilliance and ... Read full review

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I think this collection would probably benefit, for me, from a re-read. Or perhaps spacing out the stories more. The whimsical and fairy tale nature of them got to be grating after awhile. Honestly, I ... Read full review

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Aimee Bender lives in Los Angeles. Her stories have appeared in Granta, GQ, Story, The Antioch Review, and several other publications. She received her MFA in creative writing from the University of California, Irvine, and she is currently at work on her first novel.

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