That same combo--sex and off-kilter surrealism--provides Bender with her modus operandi. In "Call My Name," for example, a young heiress tails a stranger back to his apartment, gets her dress sliced off, and then consents to be trussed to a chair while he watches a TV documentary about Mozart. "Quiet Please" features a libidinous librarian who takes on all, uh, comers in the back room. Bender isn't, it should be said, simply a purveyor of French postcards. Her prose is exquisitely shaped, and its singsong rhythms suggest something out of a wised-up, whacked-out fairy tale. Indeed, if the Brothers Grimm had been a little more attuned to the pleasure principle, their fables might have boasted at least a family resemblance to Aimee Bender's. --James Marcus --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This book came highly recommended and I'm really dumbfounded as to why. It reminds me of high school elective English when you had to have something so you threw together the most... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Michelle Ryder
Aimee Bender is fantastic. Her stories have a lot of emotional depth, but also intrusions of fantasy. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Wazoo
This collection of short stories is, for some reason, divided into three parts.
Part One is the strongest. Read more
I have to preface this review by saying that I'm a firm believer in Christ. I study the Bible and try to filter what I read and watch. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Samuel K. Nichols
I love this collection. My literary friend loaned me her copy and I liked it so much I bought my own. Read morePublished 8 months ago by marguerite dunbar
The stories are fantastical, yet with a weight of reality. I want to draw them and paint them, set them on fire, rub the ashes on naked and do the deadman's float in a dark ocean.Published 10 months ago by s. palmer
I loved "The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake" and these short stories are equally surreal yet touching. I have to stop myself from reading it or I'd read it all in a day.Published 11 months ago by A. O'Hara