Aimee Bender is the author of the story collections The Girl in the Flammable Skirt, a New York Times Notable Book, and Willful Creatures, nominated by The Believer as one of the best books of the year, and of the novel An Invisible Sign of My Own, an L.A. Times pick of the year. Her stories have appeared in Granta, GQ, Harper’s, Tin House, McSweeney’s, The Paris Review, and many more publications, and have been heard on PRI’s This American Life and Selected Shorts. She is the recipient of two Pushcart prizes and in 2005 was nominated for the TipTree award.
‘Aimee Bender’s 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
‘Aimee Bender’s stories come as a revelation.’ -Jonathan Lethem, author of The Fortress of Solitude and Motherless Brooklyn
The queen took a swan for her pet. The bird was white and large, with a body so puffed out and fluffy it looked just like a small cloud, only with legs, with a beak, and with bright beaded black eyes.
‘Throw him up in the air,’ said the queen, ‘and who knows who we’d fool.’
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