I have a love/hate relationship with short story collections. Sometimes I just can’t wrap by head around them. But, I remember one of the Rubber City Book Posse members telling me YEARS ago that I might enjoy Bender’s work. This particular book say in my head for years, until I finally made the leap and decided to read it–it was GREAT. I am very happy that I got the chance to read it.
Aimee Bender’s work is filled with beautiful, thoughtful words and characters and situations that LEAP off the page. There is a hint of believeable fiction as well as a LOT of crazy situations and even crazier images. Needless to say, there will be a lot of thought readers will have when picking up this book.
It was so hard to pick one or two stories out of this collection to make a central theme, but I will say that Drunken Mimi stands out, not only because it was short, but because it was completely and utterly lovely. I kept thinking of its characters and felt like what Bender introduced within it was as close to perfection as I thought it would be.
I cannot wait for others to read this and let me know what you think! I picked this up on Amazon, but it is available to purchase in your favorite format from your favorite retailer today (it was originally published in 1998!).
What short stories do you like? Please share in the comments below.
Challenges: The Girl in the Flammable Skirt satisfies the following challenges:
LEP Reading Challenge: 43. A Collection of Short Stories