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.
Aimee Bender. She's amazing. This is her first book that she wrote after her MFA from UC-Irvine, so I personally don't think it's her best bc she was a growing writer. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Sarah L Sassone
This zany collection of short stories offers a range of quirky, yet beautifully written prose. There is a definite underlying theme throughout them all that creates cohesion,... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Michelle
Aimee Bender rocks. Lovely writer and lovely person. Her stories are rewritings of Kafka, Borges and Angela Carter. They are feminist parables of modernity.Published 4 months ago by Mom with Ph.D.
Aimee Bender’s collection of stories is both surreal and grounded, magical and deeply human. Her writing is magical realism at its finest, with stories that read like fairy tales... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Verity Kang
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 8 months ago by Michelle Ryder
Aimee Bender is fantastic. Her stories have a lot of emotional depth, but also intrusions of fantasy. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Wazoo