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Willful Creatures (Paperback)

by Aimee Bender

Can U Tell Me? Short Stories as Pop Songs 0

As I’ve thought through the possible criteria for determining the literary equivalent of a pop song, I’ve thought of so many stories that fit the bill, stories that have gotten under my skin, stories that I have to share. Unable to resist that urge, I’ve put together a Thriller-sized playlist of nine pop-musical short stories.

Childish Things: Aimee Bender's The Color Master 3

These stories are quirky, creepy, even awkward and gimmicky in parts, the way a fairytale can be when one puts away childish things. Bender’s great gift to us all is her fierce unwillingness to give up her childishness.

Writing Outside Realism: Aimee Bender's Magical Power 2

If reading Aimee Bender's stories was like creeping downstairs in the middle of the night to eat all the leftover cake with my hands -- that much better for the darkness, for the raw, guilty lust -- this new novel is summer afternoon, garden party fare.

Ask a Book Question: #68 (Building a 21st Century Contemporary Fiction Syllabus) 27