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The Girl in the Flammable Skirt by Aimee Bender
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Mar 25, 2009

it was amazing
Read in March, 2002

A fantastic collection of magical realism that captivated me wholly for much of my productive years in Knox writing workshops. Bender's playful, wholly realistic works have only an anchor apiece of pure fantasy: a perfect point of focus for an analogy, probably the core of most of my own philosophies and my writings. Ambiguous endings, as well as lovingly sex-positive (or at least sexually challenging) twists on most of the stories save them from slipping too easily into Grimm/Anderson retreads. I really ought to read more of her work - I have no idea if this is her one-hit wonder or part of an excellent canon.

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