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by Aimee Bender

Category: Short Stories and Anthologies
Subcategory: Fiction
Author: Aimee Bender
ISBN: 0385492162
ISBN13: 978-0385492164
Language: English
Publisher: Anchor; First Anchor Books Edition edition (August 17, 1999)
Pages: 192
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The Girl in the Flammable Skirt.

The Girl in the Flammable Skirt. Aimee Bender lives in Los Angeles.

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.

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 . i've read aimee bender stories before but never a whole book at once.

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 Aimee Bender's debut collection of stories is comprised of the sort of fiction which excels in theory, but not in practice. 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.

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Aimee Bender's stories portray a world twisted on its axis, a place of unconvention that resembles nothing so much as real life . Aimee Bender’s collection of stories is both surreal and grounded, magical and deeply human. Her writing is magical realism at its finest, with stories that read like fairy tales set grittily in a familiar world.

The Girl in the Flammable Skirt is a collection of short stories by American novelist Aimee Bender. It was originally published in 1998 by Doubleday, receiving a spot on the New York Times Notable Books the same year. The book follows stories of young women with unlikely dilemmas. The Girl in the Flammable Skirt is a book that showcases a collection of short stories that do not intertwine in any way. The characters and setting from one story are completely separate from the next.

The stranger thing was, they did. They stopped calling. I listened, sleepily, wandered back to bed and found myself wide awake, staring at the ceiling, unable to dream at all.

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Of course he never wore shorts. He bugged the girls; he had a few friends whose parents were drug addicts; he was the greatest at parties-he’d take any dare. He propositioned mothers. about airplane sex. He claimed he knew everything about women. They were all fifteen; no one dared contest that. One thing he didn’t know was that there was a mermaid at the school; she was a sophomore as well

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"A collection of wistful, witty stories." --Esquire "Hilarious, deep and a little bit dirty." --Harper's BazaarA 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.A 1998 New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Selected by the Los Angeles Times as one of the best works of fiction of 1998.
Comments to eBook The Girl in the Flammable Skirt: Stories
Jwalextell
Hear me out on this one, that reading an Aimee Bender story is like watching a Bad Lip Reading video.

Admittedly, I had binged a few of the latter in an interim of reading the former, but after a few vids and jumping back into the book, I did find myself marveling at a similar feeling of being somewhere familiar yet just slightly off-putting, but in the best moments being able to follow and appreciate the logic. Bender's first collection is stunning for its movement, how a single sentence can move the story along in such surprising ways, how her characters never make predictable moves and thus feel even more human, even when donning backpacks made of stone or birthing their own mothers. Bender's worlds are just slightly off-kilter, which at first had me wondering if they needed to go farther, but stories like "The Healer," where one girl has a hand of fire and another of ice, pursues its own logic artfully to bring you somewhere that is utterly profound and not merely fairy tale-esque. Though I wasn't as much of a fan of stories like "Fugue" and "Dreaming in Polish," I was overall amazed at how the absurdity of her worlds become quickly traceable and those strange words and emotions are actually rolling off those lips. "Marzipan," "Quiet Please," the aforementioned "Healer" and the title story are all exquisite.
Dyni
I enjoyed most of these stories very much, but I can only recommend them to readers who like, or can at least appreciate, surreal elements. Several of the stories take strange dreamlike turns and have plots that rely on imaginary features. But the stories flow easily. I found reading this book to be fun and thought-provoking. But if you prefer stories grounded in "reality" be warned that these stories are very quirky and surreal. If you like that sort of story, read this book. That said, my favorite story in this collection is the first one, which, although odd, involves a scenario of the sort that is both symbolic and could or has actually happened to someone.
Foiuost
Aimee Bender’s collection of stories is both surreal and grounded, magical and deeply human. Her writing is magical realism at its finest, with stories that read like fairy tales set grittily in a familiar world. Though the plots of the stories in this collection are more than a little unusual (a woman’s boyfriend devolves into a salamander, a disguised imp and mermaid are drawn together in a high school, etcetera), they are simple and easy enough to follow if you can accept her diversions from reality. Bender’s beautiful use of language is what makes these strange stories so haunting, readable, and poignant. She writes with a voice that is vivid and sparse, poetic without becoming pretentious or try-hard. I was particularly engaged by her unique style of characterization and description. She forgoes the use of traditional markers of character description in favor of a mosaic-style method that uses the subtle, external, and unspoken in order to create striking representations of people. Bender approaches her characters from a very human angle, and it is this sense of humanity that makes her characters and thus her stories universally recognizable. People do not usually say what they mean, they are not defined by the way their hair looks or the mild adjectives that an outsider chooses for them, but instead are made up of habits, thoughts, and actions that come together to create meaning. Bender presents her characters in this way, artfully blending what is utterly human into a world that is both outlandish and familiar.
Fenritaur
I read the "Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake" for my book club and found that to be such an interesting, original and disturbing story that I had to read some more Aimee Bender. This book is definitely more of the same. It is difficult to write short stories but not for Bender. Her short stories are little short bursts of energy. They are strange, thought provoking, and eerie sometimes. I think she really has a different turn of mind. If you liked "...Lemon Cake" then I would highly recommend this collection. They will leave you with something to think about.
TheSuspect
Look, most of you are not going to like this collection. I do not recommend it for you. You will probably leave it unfinished, annoyed that you spent the money on it, and slightly cynical about any of my future book recommendations. Do not read this book. Unless...

Unless you're ok with sifting through this odd collection of freakshow characters, mundane settings and surreal plots to discover prose that cuts right through you and stories that leave you aching (usually) for the protagonist and wary of the world around you. I know what you're thinking. I, too, have a pretentious dislike of the overuse of the word "surreal," but I looked it up and it means "having the disorienting, hallucinatory quality of a dream." There may not be a more fitting description for Aimee Bender. Her stories are grounded in middle, modern America: suburban, prosaic places peopled with small-minded, self-centered individuals. And then something happens: like a boyfriend devolves into an amoeba, or a girl with a hand of fire and a girl with a hand of ice become friends, or a mermaid and an imp see through each other's high school student disguises, or a pregnant woman gives birth to her (previously deceased) mother. Something that makes the surreal seem commonplace-- and more importantly, vice-versa.

This is a collection of stories about community, about relationships, about the intrigue of being both an outsider and an insider and about deciding whether or not to face and accept the truth-- however weird it may be. Bender is sweet, irreverent, uplifting and completely depressing-- often within the same story. And seriously, you're probably not going to like it.
Madis
This book was truly unique, bizarre, laugh out loud funny and had me sobbing in my wine. I don't know where Aimee Bender has been my whole life, but she is not going to get away. I love Kurt Vonnegut and Christopher Moore and their wacky literary styles, but Aimee Bender Is a Woman after my own "funnybone".
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