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 is fantastic. Her stories have a lot of emotional depth, but also intrusions of fantasy. Read morePublished 2 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 4 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 5 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 7 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 7 months ago by A. O'Hara
As much as this book has received positive reviews, it seems to have received just as much negative reviews.
I have to say, I'm on the fence. Read more
Though not as sharp-edged as the stories the Germans tell their children at bedtime, this collection of shorts from Bender, in my opinion, is her fiercest and her best. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Patrick Garrett York