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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Bender is very witty and her writing is easy to read. - Goodreads
Then the premise becomes more ridiculous. - Goodreads
Exquisite. "I want to be violated by insight." - Goodreads
My introduction to contemporary magical realism. - Goodreads
Prose is concise, sharp, witty, heartwrenching. - Goodreads
She's a wonderful writer, very creative. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Tuhin Ghosh - Goodreads

Was loaned this book by Andrew. Loved some of the stories a lot. Thanks Andrew for opening this new world of literature for me. Read full review

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User Review  - Ali Ünal - Goodreads

I'm struggling to find good words to write about this book. From the beginning until the end, it seemed to me nothing but a random arrangement of some pretty far-fetched and shiny ideas together to ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

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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