Same job, different uniform.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Book 7: The Girl in the Flammable Skirt [stories] by Aimee Bender

Quirky. Fantastical. Playful. Fresh.

"My lover is experiencing reverse evolution. I tell no one. I don't know how it happened, only that one day he was my lover and the next he was some kind of ape. It's been a month and now he's a sea turtle."

"I often wanted to be like my mother because she had long hair with red in it and to me that proved she was crackling inside."

(a story about a woman whose husband has returned from war sans lips) "You're alive, she said, and hugged him. You're Steven. He pressed the disc hard to her cheek and kissed her, - - -, and she held herself in and tried not to shatter."

Her personal website.
An interview.
All sorts of info.

10/5 stars. This has probably been my favorite book so far this summer.

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Blogger elphaba said...

I can't wait to read it!!
I'm reading Hissy Fit by someone Andrews or something. The book is in the next room, but I'm too lazy to got and get it.
My friend who recommended it said it had a strong sense of place. (Georgia) Classic Chic Lit

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Blogger CGHill said...

I bought the Bender collection when it came out; just the mention of the "de-evolution" story was enough to creep me out anew.

An Invisible Sign of My Own is also great.

Monday, June 30, 2008

Blogger "Molly McGee" said...

yay! Someone who knows the book I'm talking about! I am actually currently reading An Invisible Sign of My Own. I do like it a lot, but her short stories were more compelling to me. Have you read Willful Creatures? That one's next...after I read the ginormous novel that is Lonesome Dove. cghill, what is your blog?

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Blogger CGHill said...

I hang out my shingle at

Wednesday, July 02, 2008


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