Aimee Bender: Something Is Shifting

I was disappointed by The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, but I absolutely adore Willful Creatures (I was looking for my copy recently so that I could reread it, but I think I lost it. *cries*).

It’s interesting to hear a little about her writing process. Considering the weirdness of much of her work, she’s surprisingly “normal,” no? πŸ˜‰



  1. Ash

    I guess I didn’t realize Aimee Bender had written so many books. I thought Lemon Cake was her first for some reason. I’ve wanted to read that book for awhile but haven’t because of the many disappointed reviews. Maybe I’ll read another book of hers first.

  2. Books are my Boyfriends

    It’s so weird-pants seeing Aimee Bender like in jeans and a teacher just chilling in front of the camera talking normally. I always imagine her as like a fairy princess living in an Edward Scissorhands castle writing on a talking typewriter, and like, her skin is blue or something. I’m also a HUGE “Willful Creatures” nerd. The story about the tiny man in the cage? The story about the boy with keys for fingers? KILLS me.

  3. Melissa

    @Ash: Prior to reading Lemon Cake, I’d only read Willful Creatures, which is fabulous. I just bought her other short story collection. I’ve heard several people say that short stories are definitely her strength.

    @Books: I know! I figured she’d be much more strange. But yeah, that tiny man story just blew my mind! I LOVE it. (And I just bought a replacement copy of Willful Creatures a while ago, because I NEED it in my life! lol)

  4. Hira Hasnain

    I would have to completely agree that short stories are Aimee Bender’s strength. I absolutely love all her work, and loved “The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake” and “Willful Creatures”. I think the the quirky subject matter she writes about, and the beautifully sparse way in which she writes really delights me. She seems pretty cool! πŸ˜€


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