Aimee Bender's stories are a breath of fresh air. Playful, inventive, and full of surprises, her modern fairy tales are an absolute joy to read. They have all of the power and energy of a great rock song, yet possess a thoughfulness and depth that is rare for such a young writer.
A grief-stricken librarian decides to have sex with every man who enters her library. A young woman's boyfriend experiences reverse evolution. An imp and a mermaid engage in a most unusual romance. These are just some of the plots that comprise this thrilling debut collection. Her world is slightly surreal, infectiously fun, and deeply moving.
In this issue of Bold Type you'll find two stories from The Girl in the Flammable Skirt and one new one, titled "Bull," which is actually a sequel to a story in the collection titled "The Ring." In addition, an interview with Aimee Bender sheds light on her influences and inspirations.
Photo of Aimee Bender copyright © Jerry Bauer
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