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alt+library book club: The Color Master

The bestselling author of The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake returns with a wondrous collection of dreamy, strange, and magical stories.

Truly beloved by readers and critics alike, Aimee Bender has become known as something of an enchantress whose lush prose is “moving, fanciful, and gorgeously strange” (People), “richly imagined and bittersweet” (Vanity Fair), and “full of provocative ideas” (The Boston Globe). In her deft hands, “relationships and mundane activities take on mythic qualities” (The Wall Street Journal).

In this collection, Bender’s unique talents sparkle brilliantly in stories about people searching for connection through love, sex, and family—while navigating the often painful realities of their lives. A traumatic event unfolds when a girl with flowing hair of golden wheat appears in an apple orchard, where a group of people await her. A woman plays out a prostitution fantasy with her husband and finds she cannot go back to her old sex life. An ugly woman marries an ogre and struggles to decide if she should stay with him after he mistakenly eats their children. Two sisters travel deep into Malaysia, where one learns the art of mending tigers who have been ripped to shreds.

In these deeply resonant stories—evocative, funny, beautiful, and sad—we see ourselves reflected as if in a funhouse mirror. Aimee Bender has once again proven herself to be among the most imaginative, exciting, and intelligent writers of our time.

 

From: B&N.com

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  • Elizabeth H.

    A great discussion of an imaginative collection of stories. Thanks to Lori and Jess for posing thoughtful questions for the group. Thanks to the group for sharing their insights. As always, a wonderful way to spend an evening and it leaves me wishing the meeting was longer than an hour!

    January 16, 2014

    • Susan Hord H.

      Yes, I'd like at least a few minutes for introductions.

      January 16, 2014

  • Jess

    Hard to say! Lead off with your strongest? I think maybe "Faces" to draw the reader in and convince them to suspend their disbelief.

    1 · January 16, 2014

    • Elizabeth H.

      That's a good suggestion for an opener. It is a good mix of humor and lightness about a sad topic. Plus it is not as weird as some of the other stories.

      January 16, 2014

    • Susan Hord H.

      I was thinking Faces too.

      January 16, 2014

  • Susan Hord H.

    So we all panned the opening story, "Appleless." In a world where that story doesn't exist, which one would you have placed first?

    January 15, 2014

    • Elizabeth H.

      It depends on what the intent is of the first impression. What did she want the readers to feel by putting "Appleless" first?

      January 16, 2014

    • Elizabeth H.

      I suggest "Bad Return". That story left me wanting to know more and encouraged me to continue reading the collection.

      January 16, 2014

  • Susan Hord H.

    Looking forward to hearing others' thoughts on this one.

    January 8, 2014

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