This collection of short stories is simply superb. Aimee Bender has such a wild and quirky imagination and it definitely shows through her work. Could a girl learn to love a man with no lips? Read on and find out! My personal favorite story in the collection is "The Healer." It's a modern fable that just reaches out and grabs you. The story centers on two girls, one with a hand of fire and the other with a hand of ice. The neutralizing affect these girls have on each other reminds me of those innocent childhood friendships between people with otherwise polar interests. That the girls grow up in opposite directions is no surprise, but who would have thought that those hands would become the source of other pleasures? The fire girl learns to entice others with her hands, finding a maschochistic and carnal joy in burning herself and others. Ice girl becomes the healer. Her hand becomes the soother of strangers' pains. Only Aimee Bender could create such dynamicism in her stories. With her talent, I will not be surprised to see and hear more of Aimee Bender in the years to come.