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  • Published: 7 November 2012
  • ISBN: 9781448136049
  • Imprint: Cornerstone Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 224
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Willful Creatures




A fantastical collection of stories from the New York Times bestselling author of The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake

In Willful Creatures Aimee Bender takes us on a journey to a fantastical world in which authentic love blossoms. This is a place where a boy with keys for fingers is a hero, a family of pumpkin heads embrace their ironhead son and potato-children dotingly follow their mother around as she completes her daily chores. With the mix of charm and keenly felt emotion that characterised her New York Times bestseller The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, Bender once again proves herself to be a masterful chronicler of the human condition.

  • Pub date: 7 November 2012
  • ISBN: 9781448136049
  • Imprint: Cornerstone Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 224

About the Author

Aimee Bender

Aimee Bender is the author of the novels The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, a New York Times bestseller, and An Invisible Sign of My Own; and of the collections The Girl in the Flammable Skirt, Willful Creatures and The Color Master. Her work has been widely anthologised and has been translated into sixteen languages. She lives in Los Angeles.

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Praise for Willful Creatures

“I am a long-standing passionate fan of Aimee Bender's stories. Her images explode, her words ignite.”

Alice Sebold, author of The Lovely Bones

“Contemporary fairy tales … and a deep tenderness for her characters, that aren’t always as dark or as sinister as they initially appear.”

The New York Times Book Review

“To curl up with an Aimee Bender story is to thank heaven you ever learned to read in the first place.”

Entertainment Weekly

“New, exciting, harsh, rugged and unyielding … Every sentence … is a fresh surprise.”

The Washington Post

“[Bender] is Hemingway on an acid trip; her choices are twisted, both ethereal and surprisingly weighty … Terrifyingly lovely.”

Los Angeles Times

“Her imagination packs all the gleaming surreality of a Magritte painting, her wry tone the poker-faced irony of a Haruki Murakami novel, her furious satire the bite of a Lynda Barry cartoon. The stories in Willful Creatures delight even as they unsettle.”

Time Out New York


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