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The Color Master by Aimee Bender


The Colour Master by Aimee Bender
Random House
Release Date: August 13th

When I read the Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender, I knew that I had discovered something special. Who else would have written a book about a girl who can taste emotions in baked goods? I had high expectations for the Color Master, and I wasn’t disappointing.

The Color Master is a collection of short stories. Each story is vibrant and has its own colours, just like a painting. Aimee Bender is truly a master of colour and emotions. She paints you through fairy tales, remote villages, animals, ogres and apple orchards.

The stories revolve around relationships, love, sex and family. They aren’t always easy to read, but they are always utterly engaging. If you are looking for a different kind of read, are a fan of Andrew Kaufman or just love really good writing- then you need to read this.

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. A traumatic event unfolds when a girl with flowing hair of golden wheat appears in an apple orchard, where a group of people await her. A woman plays out a prostitution fantasy with her husband and finds she cannot go back to her old sex life. An ugly woman marries an ogre and struggles to decide if she should stay with him after he mistakenly eats their children. Two sisters travel deep into Malaysia, where one learns the art of mending tigers who have been ripped to shreds.

In these deeply resonant stories—evocative, funny, beautiful, and sad—we see ourselves reflected as if in a funhouse mirror. Aimee Bender has once again proven herself to be among the most imaginative, exciting, and intelligent writers of our time.



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