The Girl in the Flammable Skirt: Stories

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Anchor Books, 1999 - Fiction - 184 pages
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"A collection of wistful, witty stories." --Esquire
"Hilarious, deep and a little bit dirty." --Harper's Bazaar

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.
A 1998 New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Selected by the Los Angeles Times as one of the best works of fiction of 1998."

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User Review  - akmargie - LibraryThing

I tried, I really did. But when I read the review of short stories I didn't realize they were "literary" short stories that had been in publications with "Review" in the title. Ugh and they are so ... Read full review

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User Review  - pam.enser - LibraryThing

I think I liked this. I'm not sure. I think I liked it more as I went along. she has an interesting way of crafting her stories. It took a bit to get used to. Read full review



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Aimee Bender is the author of the novelsThe Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake aNew York Timesbestseller andAn Invisible Sign of My Own, and of the collectionsThe Girl in the Flammable SkirtandWillful Creatures. Her works have been widely anthologized and have been translated into sixteen languages. She lives in Los Angeles.

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