Thursday, January 24, 2008

Pg. 99: Aimee Bender's "Willful Creatures"

The current feature at the Page 99 Test: Aimee Bender's Willful Creatures.

About the book, from the publisher:
Aimee Bender’s Willful Creatures conjures a fantastical world in which authentic love blooms. This is a place where a boy with keys for fingers is a hero, a woman’s children are potatoes, and a little boy with an iron for a head is born to a family of pumpkin heads. With her singular mix of surrealism, musical prose, and keenly felt emotion, Bender once again proves herself to be a masterful chronicler of the human condition.
Among the praise for Willful Creatures:
"[Bender] is Hemingway on an acid trip; her choices are twisted, both ethereal and surprisingly weighty.... Terrifyingly lovely."
Los Angeles Times

“New, exciting, harsh, rugged and unyielding.... Every sentence in [Willful Creatures] is a fresh surprise.”
Washington Post

"Contemporary fairy tales, cushioned by goofy humor and a deep tenderness for her characters, that aren't always as dark or as sinister as they initially appear."
–New York Times Book Review

"To curl up with an Aimee Bender story is to thank heaven you ever learned to read in the first place.... What a treat to spend 15 stories in Bender's vast and wonderfully unhinged imagination.”
Entertainment Weekly

“I am a long-standing, passionate fan of Aimee Bender’s stories. Her images explode, her words ignite. Watching her imagination catch fire remains a sustaining joy in my readerly life.”
–Alice Sebold, author of The Lovely Bones
Read an excerpt from Willful Creatures and learn more about the author and her work at Aimee Bender's website.

Aimee Bender lives in Los Angeles. Her stories have appeared in Granta, GQ, Harper's, Fence, Tin House, Paris Review, and several other publications. She is the author of collection The Girl in the Flammable Skirt and An Invisible Sign of My Own, her first novel.

The Page 99 Test: Willful Creatures.

--Marshal Zeringue