Leah Greenblatt
August 09, 2013 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Color Master

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Aimee Bender
publisher
Doubleday
genre
Short Stories

We gave it a B+

An Aimee Bender book can sometimes seem less like a reading experience than like having a very clever, very melancholy friend describe their dreams to you in vivid, fantastical detail. The danger in that, of course, is that any kind of internal dream logic tends to dissolve once it leaves the deep-REM brain of the dreamer. Which can make The Color Master‘s lesser tales — of torn-up tigers, or menacing apple-eaters — feel like frustratingly elusive fragments. At her best, though, Bender offers ”the glimmer of something that [you] did not understand,” and finds something that touches true magic. B+

You May Like

Comments

EDIT POST