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The Girl in the Flammable Skirt
The Girl in the Flammable Skirt: Stories | Aimee Bender
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.
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Victoriahoperose
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Mehso-so

I usually really like Aimee Bender, but this collection wasn‘t my favorite. I think there were too many stories and I wanted fewer stories with more development. Not bad, but I didn‘t love any of he short stories like I‘ve loved her other work.

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Samplergal
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Just wow! From ModCloth.

BookaholicNatty Ohhhhhhhh I love this!!!!!! ❤️😍❤️😍❤️😍❤️😍 1y
GingerAntics This would look horrible on me...but I still want it!!! lol 1y
jdiehr @GingerAntics - Same! 😂 1y
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GingerAntics @jdiehr maybe we could get it as a quilt, or a duvet, or a phone case, or pillow or something. Car interior might be a bit much, but it would make a statement. 😂 1y
Samplergal @GingerAntics I‘m sure there is fabric out there that would be available. I‘m a quilter, so look at fabric.com. They have a lot of fabric. Otherwise cut up the skirt! 1y
GingerAntics Now that‘s thinking!!! 1y
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Jerdencon
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Anyone signed up for season of stories through penguin random house? Every few months I get a short story divided over 4 days in my email... the stories have been great and stuff is never read otherwise. Highly recommend!

Lmstraubie I hadn't heard about it. I will need to check it out! 2y
Redjewel_7734 I love it!!! I signed up last year, so when it came around this year I was already on the list! 2y
minkyb Same here @Redjewel_7734 😁 2y
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feministtexican
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#LyricalApril Day 23 #GirlOnFire

It's been a while since I've read this, but I do love Aimee Bender!

Cinfhen Sounds like a HOT short story collection....sizzling ❤️🔥💥😉 3y
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elkeo_TheBookDragon
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Want more #bluebooks? I got 'em. With so many shades of blue, I decided to clump them. Here is a version of brightish middle blues...
These photos make me want to #shelvebycolor...

#17rainbowbooks #bluecovers

thegirlwiththelibrarybag Shelving by colour is quite fun (unless you forget what colour the spine is - then it's painful) 3y
GypsyKat 😍 3y
Bibliogeekery Lovely! 3y
Kalalalatja Looks great! 3y
Lizpixie Aah, another #WordCloudEditions devotee I see. We seem to have much in common! #pratchettsposse 3y
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KatyAliceReads
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thegirlwiththelibrarybag
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Mehso-so

I'm not sure where I read about this book but I decided I needed to read it (even though I generally avoid short story collections). It's an odd collection, strangely compelling with some truely great opening lines... but it's also pretty random...

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thegirlwiththelibrarybag
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And the #awkwardmoment award goes to....

Cinfhen Better her lover than her spouse😜 3y
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thegirlwiththelibrarybag @Cinfhen, love is love is love is love 3y
saresmoore I mean, it could be worse. Sea turtles are pretty spectacular creatures. 3y
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @julesG @saresmoore, the transformation doesn't end there... 🐢🐟 3y
saresmoore Hahaha! 3y
julesG @thegirlwiththelibrarybag Let me guess, he's heading towards being a single-cell organism, e.g. Euglena. 3y
PoetKoala This book sounds delightfully bonkers. 3y
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @julesG, he turns into a salamander and she releases him into the ocean... 3y
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @PoetKoala, it's a short story collection and bonkers is a very good one word review of it! 3y
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slategreyskies
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This is the first half of my Book Outlet #bookhaul ! It just arrived today! Yay! :)

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LindsayReads
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When I first read Aimee Bender, I had devour all her work as soon as possible. She writes the best whimsical--and sometimes disturbing--short stories. Definitely a must-read if you like #magicalrealism. Gah! Just looking at my shelves tells me I'm overdue for a reread! #magicalmonday #magicalshortstory

Suet624 Aimee is a lot of fun. 3y
LindsayReads @Suet624 She is! 😁 3y
valeriegeary Loved this collection! 3y
LindsayReads @valeriegeary AB is great! 3y
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Redwritinghood
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#shortstories I have a large short story collection and here are a few of them. I enjoy writing short stories myself and so like to also read and study some of the masters. #somethingforsept #septphotochallenge

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brookelee
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Ready for more short stories! 😍