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Aimee Bender

Autor(a) de The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake

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About the Author

As a child, Aimee Bender enjoyed reading fairy tales, particularly the stories of Hans Christian Andersen. She began creating her own stories, and later, as an elementary school teacher, she enjoyed telling her students both traditional fairy tales and stories she had made up herself. Eventually, mostrar mais she began writing short stories, which have been published in a variety of magazines, including Granta, GQ, Story, and The Antioch Review. Her first book, The Girl in the Flammable Skirt, a collection of her stories, was published in 1998. Bender's work is intended for adults rather than children, but many of her short stories could be described as contemporary fairy tales. Bender's stories often include some of the same elements that she enjoyed encountering in fairy tales, such as of magic, fantasy, surprise, humor, and absurdity. Although she has found success as a writer, Bender continues to teach because she enjoys the interaction with others and feels she needs that contact to balance the solitude that is required for her writing. In addition to teaching elementary school, she has taught in the UCLA Extension Writers' Program and in the writing program at the University of California at Irvine, where she received her M.F.A. Bender lives in Los Angeles. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos

Obras de Aimee Bender

Associated Works

McSweeney's Mammoth Treasury of Thrilling Tales (2002) — Contribuinte — 1,475 cópias
The Future Dictionary of America (2004) — Contribuinte — 630 cópias
The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2005 (2005) — Contribuinte — 618 cópias
The New Dead: A Zombie Anthology (2010) — Contribuinte — 375 cópias
Feeling Very Strange: The Slipstream Anthology (2006) — Contribuinte — 311 cópias
Citrus County (2008) — Contribuinte — 289 cópias
xo Orpheus: Fifty New Myths (2013) — Contribuinte — 280 cópias
The Anchor Book of New American Short Stories (2004) — Contribuinte — 267 cópias
The Secret History of Fantasy (2010) — Contribuinte — 202 cópias
Lit Riffs (2004) — Contribuinte — 168 cópias
Granta 60: Unbelieveable (1997) — Contribuinte — 128 cópias
The Ecco Anthology of Contemporary American Short Fiction (2008) — Contribuinte — 126 cópias
The Writer's Notebook: Craft Essays from Tin House (2009) — Contribuinte — 124 cópias
Burned Children of America (2001) — Contribuinte — 123 cópias
Lost Tribe: Jewish Fiction from the Edge (2003) — Contribuinte — 121 cópias
The Big Book of Modern Fantasy (2020) — Contribuinte — 112 cópias
Give Our Regards to the Atomsmashers! Writers on Comics (2004) — Contribuinte — 106 cópias
Death by Pad Thai: And Other Unforgettable Meals (2015) — Autor, algumas edições82 cópias
McSweeney's Issue 41 (McSweeney's Quarterly Concern) (2012) — Contribuinte — 76 cópias
The Uncanny Reader: Stories from the Shadows (2015) — Contribuinte — 70 cópias
Watchlist: 32 Stories by Persons of Interest (2015) — Contribuinte — 50 cópias
The Secret Society of Demolition Writers (2005) — Contribuinte — 49 cópias
Speculative Los Angeles (2021) — Contribuinte — 41 cópias
The Best Bizarro Fiction of the Decade (2012) — Contribuinte — 40 cópias
The Writer's Notebook II: Craft Essays from Tin House (2012) — Contribuinte — 38 cópias
Stumbling and Raging (2005) — Contribuinte — 22 cópias
Best American Fantasy 2 (2009) — Contribuinte — 20 cópias
Fairy Tale Review: The Blue Issue (2006) — Contribuinte — 14 cópias
A Manner of Being: Writers on Their Mentors (2015) — Contribuinte — 12 cópias
Choose Wisely: 35 Women Up To No Good (2015) — Contribuinte — 10 cópias
Electric Literature No. 3 (2010) — Contribuinte — 10 cópias
Flashed: Sudden Stories in Comics and Prose (2016) — Contribuinte — 6 cópias
Faerie Magazine, #25 Winter 2013: Mermaids (2013) — Contribuinte — 4 cópias
Black Clock 1 (2004) — Contribuinte — 2 cópias
The Antioch Review: Volume 59, Number 2 (Spring 2001) — Contribuinte — 1 exemplar(es)


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I couldn't decide if the author is neurodiverse or if she was just writing about a character who is. Mona is obsessed with numbers, and she doesn't quite fit in with other people. Of course, everyone in the whole book is just a little bit off: her father with his hypochondria, Mr Jones wearing mood numbers and pretty much ignoring his customers, the new science teacher with burns on his arms (Mona keeps thinking they are from science experiments, but I think they are self-inflicted). Mona thinks that when a number appears in your yard that will be the age you die, because it happened to be true twice. She doesn't know how to handle her father's illness. He was kind of her role model, getting her to be involved in running. Her mother just wants her to be normal, to get excited about birthdays and buy a dress.
Mona buys an ax and brings it to the classroom. This is definitely not something people usually do.
I can't see what other readers think is 'magical realsim' in this novel. Yes, things are off kilter, but that's all in Mona's perception.
The book ends with a crisis, off kilter again, but it allows Mona to break through her worries.
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juniperSun | outras 25 resenhas | Jun 2, 2024 |
Interesting premise of tasting people's feelings in the food they prepare, but ultimately pretty forgettable.
Abcdarian | outras 274 resenhas | May 18, 2024 |
A sci-fi-fantasy family-relationships novel that follows Rose from being eight years old until her early twenties. She finds she has a gift/superpower/curse of being able to taste the emotions of whoever has made a meal to the extent of being able to place the factory where a processed food is made. For a young girl this is a disturbing superpower and she struggles to find food bland or fresh and untouched enough to be edible. Her brother, meanwhile, seems to have the ability to disappear. Her parents are often absent too and she is negotiating life without much guidance. It is an intriguing novel. I struggled to engage with the characters much. George is the sympathetic friend and seemed a good person and the owners of the French restaurant where Rose finds somewhere she can be are too.… (mais)
CarolKub | outras 274 resenhas | Apr 23, 2024 |
This story is strange and I don't understand it at all, but I loved it anyway.
hmonkeyreads | outras 274 resenhas | Jan 25, 2024 |



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