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The Girl in the Flammable Skirt

(1998)
A collection of stories by

 
 
A grief-stricken librarian decides to have sex with every man who enters her library. A half-mad, unbearably beautiful heiress follows a strange man home, seeking total sexual abandon: He only wants to watch game shows. A woman falls in love with a hunchback; when his deformity turns out to be a prosthesis, she leaves him. A wife whose husband has just returned from the war struggles with the heartrending question: Can she still love a man who has no lips?

Aimee Bender's stories portray a world twisted on its axis, a place of unconvention that resembles nothing so much as real life, in all its grotesque, beautiful glory. From the first line of each tale she lets us know she is telling a story, but the moral is never quite what we expect. Bender's prose is glorious: musical and colloquial, inimitable and heartrending.

Here are stories of men and women whose lives are shaped--and sometimes twisted--by the power of extraordinary desires, erotic and otherwise. The Girl in the Flammable Skirt is the debut of a major American writer.

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Hardback Editions

June 2013 : UK Hardback

Title: The Girl in the Flammable Skirt
Author(s): Aimee Bender
ISBN: 1-4713-3438-4 / 978-1-4713-3438-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chivers
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July 1998 : USA Hardback
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Title: Girl in the Flammable Skirt
Author(s): Aimee Bender
ISBN: 0-385-49215-4 / 978-0-385-49215-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Doubleday
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Paperback Editions

November 2013 : UK Paperback

Title: The Girl in the Flammable Skirt
Author(s): Aimee Bender
ISBN: 1-4713-3439-2 / 978-1-4713-3439-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Camden
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November 2012 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Girl in the Flammable Skirt
Author(s): Aimee Bender
ISBN: 0-09-955884-X / 978-0-09-955884-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Windmill Books
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August 1999 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Girl in the Flammable Skirt: Stories
Author(s): Aimee Bender
ISBN: 0-385-49216-2 / 978-0-385-49216-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Anchor
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Kindle Editions

November 2012 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Girl in the Flammable Skirt
Author(s): Aimee Bender
Publisher: Cornerstone Digital
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August 2011 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Girl in the Flammable Skirt: Stories
Author(s): Aimee Bender
Publisher: Anchor
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