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Willful Creatures: Stories by Aimee Bender
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Willful Creatures: Stories (2005)

by Aimee Bender

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I read this book again and again and never find it any less enthralling. ( )
  brwilliams387 | Mar 19, 2014 |
Bender's style is witty and sometimes perverse. She likes to tell fables and stories of the fantastic. What I like most about this collection is the amount of realism present in such fantastical stories. My favorite story is the one about Ironhead. ( )
  eidzior | Apr 6, 2013 |
Wonderful mix of stories. I particularly liked "The Meeting"--one of those stories that makes you stop and think at the end of it. ( )
  rlc307 | Apr 4, 2013 |
There is real magic in these stories, and when you pair that with real craft and really unique perspective, it's a win. These stories range from the whimsically profound to the unapologetically honest, all in Bender's singular lyrical voice. I look forward to seeing more great things from this author. ( )
  ApollosCrow | Apr 3, 2013 |
I had only planned on reading a story or two per day. Oops. Upon reading the first story ("Death Watch"), I was enchanted. It was the second story ("The End of the Line"), however, that left me open-mouthed and in awe. I didn't want the book to end. Favorites include:

"Death Watch"
"End of the Line"
"Motherfucker"
"Ironhead"
"Job's Jobs"
"Dearth"
"The Leading Man" ( )
  cait815 | Apr 1, 2013 |
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Always unexpected, the events befalling these characters aren’t the whims of a cruel author who enjoys inflicting pain. In fact, Bender feels less the creator of these stories and more a charming hostess who, despite some less than ideal circumstances, makes you comfortable with affable, screwy humor, parlor-room wordplay, and some plain old cute sentences like, “He felt very very tired for four years old.”
 
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0385720971, Paperback)

Aimee Bender’s Willful Creatures conjures a fantastical world in which authentic love blooms. This is a place where a boy with keys for fingers is a hero, a woman’s children are potatoes, and a little boy with an iron for a head is born to a family of pumpkin heads. With her singular mix of surrealism, musical prose, and keenly felt emotion, Bender once again proves herself to be a masterful chronicler of the human condition.

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"Aimee Bender conjures surreal worlds in which authentic emotion blooms. A woman's children may be potatoes, but the love she feels for them is heartbreakingly real. A boy with keys as fingers is seen not as a freak but as a hero. Bender infuses even inanimate objects with human warmth."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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