“In this collection, Bender’s unique talents sparkle brilliantly in stories about people searching for connection through love, sex and family – while navigating the often painful realities of their lives. Evocative, funny, sad and beautifully written, The Color Master cements Aimee Bender’s reputation as one of the most imaginative and exciting writers of our time.”
Aimee Bender is a masterful storyteller – evocative, imaginative and unpredictable – which she has aptly displayed in her novels – The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake – and her first collection of short stories – The Girl in the Flammable Skirt – both of which KCARAB reviewed and loved.
The Color Master is another collection of enchanting, compelling stories, plunging the reader into the surreal and unexplored. Particular highlights include ‘The Red Ribbon’ – where a woman finds that she cannot sleep with her husband without charging him for it, ‘Tiger Mending’ – where a gifted seamstress finds out the terrible secret behind the tigers’ mysterious affliction, ‘Americca’ – where an ordinary American family keep finding mysterious, insightful gifts, ‘The Devourings’ – featuring an ogre, his wife, and a never-ending cake, and the eponymous ‘The Color Master’ – an exquisite tale featuring a tailor’s apprentice, who is trying to make a dress that looks like the sky – which is the creme de la creme of the collection.
In The Color Master, Aimee Bender has created another mesmerising anthology. The stories are full of quirky characters and fantastical notions, shot through with a darkness, poignance and insightfulness that, like the tales in The Girl in the Flammable Skirt, invite the reader to dig deeper.
Many thanks to Windmill Books for the review copy.