Girl in the Flammable Skirt by Aimee Bender

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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 Bender'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. From the first line of each tale she lets us know she is telling a story, but the moral is never quite what we expect. Bender's prose is glorious: musical and colloquial, inimitable and heartrending.

Here are stories of men and women whose lives are shaped--and sometimes twisted--by the power of extraordinary desires, erotic and otherwise. The Girl in the Flammable Skirt is the debut of a major American writer.

BONUS MATERIAL: This edition includes an excerpt from Aimee Bender's The Color Master.
 

About Aimee Bender

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AIMEE BENDER is the author of the novel An Invisible Sign of My Own and the collections The Girl in the Flammable Skirt and Willful Creatures. She has received two Pushcart prizes and was nominated for the Tiptree Award in 2005.
 
Published August 10, 2011 by Anchor. 194 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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and a young woman finds it hard to love her wounded husband, who’s come back from war without his lips (—What You Left in the Ditch—).

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The wise, highly original 16 stories in Bender's debut collection take place at the intersection of fairy tale and everyday life, of hilarity and heartbreak.

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The theatrical adaptation of short stories from Aimee Bender's collection "The Girl in the Flammable Skirt" is to the stories what a musicvideo is to a song.

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The theatrical adaptation of short stories from Aimee Bender's collection "The Girl in the Flammable Skirt" is to the stories what a musicvideo is to a song.

Mar 13 2002 | Read Full Review of Girl in the Flammable Skirt

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