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The Girl in the Flammable Skirt: Stories (1998)

by Aimee Bender

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    If on a Winter's Night a Traveler by Italo Calvino (albertgoldfain)
    albertgoldfain: Several metafictional elements and fairy-tale qualities in common (also Calvino's Cosmicomics)
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    After the Quake by Haruki Murakami (andomck)
    andomck: Surreal short stories.
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    Shopgirl by Steve Martin (starfishian)
    starfishian: Although The Girl in the Flammable Skirt is a lot more quirky, Shopgirl has a similar sense of modern alienation.
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    St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves by Karen Russell (Anonymous user)

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Each story is built around a clever premise and there is enough variation to make it a lively read, but the results are very hit and miss, with some underdeveloped sketches and hard to get symbolism. ( )
  albertgoldfain | Apr 21, 2016 |
Read the first section before I put down this collection of nonsensical dribble. ( )
  CarmenMilligan | Jan 18, 2016 |
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Review at: http://wp.me/p3X6aw-rD ( )
  Saretta.L | Feb 12, 2015 |
Short stories
  shazjhb | Dec 30, 2013 |
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In conventional fiction, war heroes return home minus an arm or a leg--or, to take Hemingway's worst-case scenario, the family jewels. In Aimee Bender's deeply unconventional collection, however, an even more suggestive body part goes AWOL: "Steve returned from the war without his lips." The army doctors have temporarily replaced them with a plastic disc, which impairs his speech. Luckily, this doesn't prevent him and his wife from engaging in some slightly surrealistic sexual maneuvers: "That night in bed, he grazed the disc over her raised nipples like a UFO and the plastic was cool on her skin. It felt like they were in college and toying with desk items as sexual objects."

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

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:22:17 -0400)

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 Bendr'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.… (more)

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