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Aimee Bender

We are proud to present an interview with
imaginative American author Aimee Bender,
as well as a selection from her notable short
story collection, The Girl in the Flammable Skirt

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What Critics Have To Say

"A wild imagination, full of bikini-bold sexiness and brute deformity,
shaped into art by the sure hand of a fabulist."
~ Philadelphia Inquirer, Best Fiction of 1998

"These stories plumb and expose deep tensions hidden in the mundane."
~ Washington Post

"From the cleverly comic to starkly surreal, Bender's audacious characters
surprise and delight..." ~ Boston Globe

"Fierce and true...Fantastic!" ~ Los Angeles Times Book Review

"Bender's world is strange and fabulous, an ultravivid, matter-of-fact
presentation of extraordinary circumstances and bizarre fulfullments ...
Declarative and telegraphic, Bender's stories read like modern fables --
with a healthy sense of twisted humor thrown in for good measure."
~ Village Voice Literary Supplement

Click here to read an interview with the author

Click here to read a selection from The Girl in the Flammable Skirt: "The Rememberer"

COPYRIGHT NOTICES

A B O U T    A I M E E    B E N D E R
Aimee Bender's stories have appeared in Granta, GQ, Story, The Paris Review, Fence, McSweeney's Harper's, The Antioch Review, and several other publications. NPR has also featured her on "This American Life." She is also the author of An Invisible Sign of My Own.

Bender is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize for 2002, and is at work on a new novel and new stories. She teaches fiction at USC in the Ph.D. program in Literature and Creative Writing. She resides in Los Angeles.

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