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This book is a perfect example of how judging a book by its cover can be problematic Had I never gathered non cover related compelling reasons that I might like this book I may ve never picked it up, based on that quick, cliche judgment of the book binding s face The cover looks, hmm, what s the word, twee Cutesy Quirky Etc Not exactly the kind of thing I like to read But its contents, while being whimsical to some degree, are muchrichly textured with moods than mere variations of q This book is a perfect example of how judging a book by its cover can be problematic Had I never gathered non cover related compelling reasons that I might like this book I may ve never picked it up, based on that quick, cliche judgment of the book binding s face The cover looks, hmm, what s the word, twee Cutesy Quirky Etc Not exactly the kind of thing I like to read But its contents, while being whimsical to some degree, are muchrichly textured with moods than mere variations of quirky cutesy whimsy I recently described another five star short story collection as being like, Aimee Bender s wrist slashing bedroom sulking little sister, despite the fact that, Aimee Bender, while able to dabble with the grotesque via misleadingly sunny build ups, doesn t take it to the same heights many of the stories in this collection do Now, it would be helpful if people had rea Bold, Sexy, And Daring, These Stories Portray A World Twisted On Its Axis, An Unconventional Place That Resembles Nothing So Much As Real Life, In All Its Grotesque, Beautiful Glory Bender S Prose Is Glorious, Musical, And Colloquial, An Anthology Of The Bizarre In The Rememberer , A Man Undergoes Reverse Evolution From Man To Ape To Salamander At Which Point A Friend Releases Him Into The Sea, While In Another Story A Woman Gives Birth To Her Mother 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 Contents The Rememberer Call My Name What You Left In The Ditch The Bowl Marzipan Quiet Please Skinless Fugue Drunken Mimi Fell This Girl The Healer Loser Legacy Dreaming In Polish The Ring The Girl In The Flamable Skirt. How many times has this happened to you You re reading a novel about a single mother struggling to raise two kids in a backwoods town in Kentucky and you flip to the author info on the dust jacketonly to discover that the writer is a single mother raising two kids in a small town in Kentucky, and you say to yourself or the person trying to sleep next to you , HOW IS THIS EVEN FICTION Well, that won t happen when you re reading THIS book Unless Ms Bender is the weirdest person who ever li H How funny that I should have just read the essay A Reader s Manifesto , by B R Myers, when I picked up this book In the essay available at for now Myers skewers various superstars of literary fiction Cormac McCarthy, Rick Moody, David Guterson, and others for turning out poorly written books that are all flash and no substance The brilliantly bizarre se Aimee Bender s debut collection of stories is comprised of the sort of fiction which excels in theory, but not in practice As advertised on the back cover, these stories are supposed to be twisted, unconventional and grotesque but are they The first story in The Girl in the Flammable Skirt, The Rememberer, is the most successful it s about a woman whose partner is experiencing reverse evolution From a man he slowly morphs first into an ape, and then into another lower form of life, a sea tu Aimee Bender s debut collection of stories is comprised of the sort of fiction which excels in theory, but not in practice As advertised on the back cover, these stories are supposed to be twisted, unconventional and grotesque but are they The first story in The Girl in the Flammable Skirt, The Rememberer, is the most successful it s about a woman whose partner is experiencing reverse evolution From a man he slowly morphs first into an ape, and then into another lower form of life, a sea turtle, ultimately to end up as a microbe His wife realizes that she cannot stop the process and that he ll soon be completely gone, and tries to hold on to the only thing she ll have left memories Despite the absurdity of the premise Bender s short just a few pages long story is a poignant piece which just works we connect Have I mentioned that I love Aimee Bender yet I wonder If I start experimenting with drugs would I be able to come up with this sort of writing That would be great Pity I can t afford drugs Silly drugs, I mean, of course Like mushrooms or whatever it is that makes things look a little brighter and sparklier I m giving this book a 5 because I think that being the type of person who writes these sort of weird and confusing for most people stories is kind of important Year ago when I read T Have I mentioned that I love Aimee Bender yet I wonder If I start experimenting with drugs would I be able to come up with this sort of writing That would be great Pity I can t afford drugs Silly drugs, I mean, of course Like mushrooms or whatever it is that makes things look a little brighter and sparklier I m giving this book a 5 because I think that being the type of person who writes these sort of weird and confusing for most people stories is kind of important Year ago when I read The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake I did not love it as I expected to because I hadn t been expecting magical realism I knew little of the genre back then and I was almost frightened by the darkness of it I have kind of evolved since then, and am honestly kind of writing in that direction myself now I have becomeopen to obscure voices sharing beautiful content I am so grateful to be meeting these voices They a All s I am saying is, if you do not love Aimee Bender yet, get this book, read Skinless, Fell This Girl, The Healer, and The Ring If you still don t love her after that, I m not really sure we can be friends any. i ve read aimee bender stories before but never a whole book at once i think to be honest i like them better spaced out but that s my fault, i suppose, and not hers not like she s got a gun to my head.anyway, bender writes short, perfectly structured surreal first person stories well, mostly first person sometimes third there s a story about a man who wakes up with a hole going directly through his stomach, and then his wife becomes pregnant and gives birth to her own mother but it s firs i ve read aimee bender stories before but never a whole book at once i think to be honest i like them better spaced out but that s my fault, i suppose, and not hers not like she s got a gun to my head.anyway, bender writes short, perfectly structured surreal first person stories well, mostly first person sometimes third there s a story about a man who wakes up with a hole going directly through his stomach, and then his wife becomes pregnant Introduced to Aimee Bender by This American Life Master of intriguing short stories that connect the reader to the characters I feel the need to read all of Aimee s stuff just to make sure I am not missing some sort of amazing feeling I have not felt before The nameless finding guy made me cry He lay in bed that night with the trees from other places rustling, and he could feel their confusion No snow here Not a lot of rain Where am I What is wrong with this dirt Crossing his hands Introduced to Aimee Bender by This American Life Master of intriguing short stories that connect the reader to the characters I feel the need to read all of Aimee s stuff just to make sure I am not missing some sort of amazing feeling I have not felt before The nameless finding guy made me cry He lay in bed that night with the trees This one is considerably bleaker than The Color Master, but still has that dreamy, dark fairy tale vibe that drew me in so effectively in that collection.The reason why it didn t work so well for me is the fact that the symbolism is muchheavy handed and clumsy, and the slight absurdity of magical realism feels less natural and smoothly blended in than it does in Aimee Bender s later work.In short, it s an extremely engaging and quite unsettling little treat, written with Bender s usual sup This one is considerably bleaker than The Color Master, but still has that dreamy, dark fairy tale vibe that drew me in so effectively in that collection.The reason why it didn t work so well for me is the fact that the symbolism is muchheavy handed and clumsy, and the slight absurdity of magical realism feels less natur