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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Windmill Books (1 Nov. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 009955884X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099558842
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.3 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 430,339 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Aimee Bender’s debut short-story collection shows a writer ready to flirt with the fantastical. Largely concerned with the love lives of young metropolitans and desperate housewives, her cheerily bizarre scenarios give romance a fresh twist … Bender is a writer with a very incendiary turn of phrase." (Independent)

"These stories are unusual, certainly and they take you inside people’s feelings. Bender gets you to see the world in very particular ways. Beautifully done; you won’t forget this." (Evening Standard)

"Hilarious, deep and a little bit dirty" (Harper's Bazaar)

"Many of the stories in The Girl in the Flammable Skirt, begin with a premise just on the fringe of the familiar, then give it a tantalising twist ... Bender's stories are powered be voice - by pleasure of an electric simile and a restrained sauciness" (New York Times Book Review)

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

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A fabulous collection of stories available in the UK for the first time from New York Times bestselling author of The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake

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By S. Shamma on 30 Dec. 2013
Format: Paperback
As much as this book has received positive reviews, it seems to have received just as much negative reviews.

I have to say, I'm on the fence. I read this book relatively quickly, it's a quick easy read. Usually, I find anthologies, or short stories take forever to complete because they're either too boring, or because they're easy to put down and forget about after completing one of the stories. With this one though, I found myself flying through the pages, and I have to admit...I did not hate it.

This is my second Amy Bender book, the first being that Maths teacher one (I hated it so much I completely forgot its title). It was such a terribly written book, with the most uninspiring character, and the most boring plot I have ever read. I finished it thinking I was going to hate her other book for sure! Even more so once I read some of the negative reviews on it, so I kept putting it off.

But I did not hate it. I actually enjoyed some of the stories (the mermaid/imp one was interesting, as was the hand of fire/hand of ice one). Yes, they were very weird and some were just gruesomely nasty and vulgar (such as the librarian with the dead father who has sex with every single male visitor that enters the library that day), but in my opinion, you can't read a short stories book with the expectation that you're going to love every single one written.

Overall, they were interesting, kind of witty, and enjoyable to read. The style reminded me a little of Andrew Kaufman's books, and I felt that she was making a concerted effort to copy his style. I love Kaufman's books, and only somewhat like Bender, so I will not sit here and say she's as good a writer or novelist as he is, but there's hope.
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Loved the particular sadness of lemon cake but this book was a disappointment. A lot of the stories had no meaning and made no sense.
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By Evzenie Reitmayerova on 15 Aug. 2013
Format: Paperback
this is a collection of very short and VERY quirky stories. extremely sharp writing style. one of the best collections i have ever read.
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Amazon.com: 1 review
Good, not great 30 Dec. 2013
By S. Shamma - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
As much as this book has received positive reviews, it seems to have received just as much negative reviews.

I have to say, I'm on the fence. I read this book relatively quickly, it's a quick easy read. Usually, I find anthologies, or short stories take forever to complete because they're either too boring, or because they're easy to put down and forget about after completing one of the stories. With this one though, I found myself flying through the pages, and I have to admit...I did not hate it.

This is my second Amy Bender book, the first being that Maths teacher one (I hated it so much I completely forgot its title). It was such a terribly written book, with the most uninspiring character, and the most boring plot I have ever read. I finished it thinking I was going to hate her other book for sure! Even more so once I read some of the negative reviews on it, so I kept putting it off.

But I did not hate it. I actually enjoyed some of the stories (the mermaid/imp one was interesting, as was the hand of fire/hand of ice one). Yes, they were very weird and some were just gruesomely nasty and vulgar (such as the librarian with the dead father who has sex with every single male visitor that enters the library that day), but in my opinion, you can't read a short stories book with the expectation that you're going to love every single one written.

Overall, they were interesting, kind of witty, and enjoyable to read. The style reminded me a little of Andrew Kaufman's books, and I felt that she was making a concerted effort to copy his style. I love Kaufman's books, and only somewhat like Bender, so I will not sit here and say she's as good a writer or novelist as he is, but there's hope.
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