The Color Master

The Color Master

by Aimee Bender
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The Color Master by Aimee Bender

A New York Times Notable Book of 2013

A traumatic event unfolds when a girl with hair the color of golden wheat appears in an apple orchard; a woman plays out a 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; and two sisters travel deep into Malaysia, where one learns the art of mending tigers who have been ripped to shreds.

In each of The Color Master's fifteen remarkable stories, Aimee Bender holds a funhouse mirror up to reality, proving, once again, that she is one of the most intelligent and imaginative writers of our time.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307744197
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/22/2014
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 575,691
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

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 and Willful Creatures. Her works have been widely anthologized and have been translated into sixteen languages. She lives in Los Angeles.

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The Color Master: Stories 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Sharikc More than 1 year ago
Aimee Bender does it again! I love, love, love her writing style! She's not like any author you have read before. She really gets you thinking. One minute your talking about something but then realize that's not really what your talking about at all. I love that there are several short stories to get your wheels turning. It's such a breath of fresh air ti read something so unique. I just can't get enough of her books! So excited to have won this on goodreads! 
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I told my husband the book made me feel stupid ... as if there was a point or plot I was missing. But I did somehpw enjoy reading it and I knpw some of the images will be with me for some time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Full disclosure: I'm a diehard fan of Aimee Bender. I admire the way she defies categorization even while all of her fiction has a magical realism/fantasy element. Especially in a collection like this one, I admire the way she's able to assume a new, convincing authorial voice for each story. And I'm constantly amazed at the mysteries of her writing, which makes every story, no matter how long, seem too short. I experienced The Color Master for the first time by reading each story aloud to my husband. He enjoyed the stories, but maintains that Ms. Bender doesn't know how to come to an end. Every time, he said some variation of, "That's it? That's where she chose to end it?" On a writerly level, I appreciate that she ends each story when she feels it's complete. These stories are evocative, meant to point to a bigger truth or to a whole world beyond what the reader's just read. Anyone who's expecting an entire world described and signed, sealed, delivered, should read a novel, and probably not a novel by Aimee Bender. It's just not what she's trying to do. This is Bender's third collection of stories. In the first two collections, I thought there were some hits and misses (although even the misses were ecstatic and thrilling in their own way). Here, the quality is consistently high to the extent that going back through, I can't point out a weak one. Each one is memorable and impressive for any number of reasons, and together they make up a tour-de-force book even better than a die-hard fan like me could have hoped for.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good example of an excellent imagination. Loved "The particular sadness of lemon cake." It seems to stay with me for some reason. Also, the ahort stories in "The girl with the flamable skirt," and the novel and movie "An invisible sign." Amazing work from this author and look forward to more!
lovelybookshelf More than 1 year ago
I should state up front that Aimee Bender is one of my favorite authors, right up there with Haruki Murakami. Even though I knew I'd likely fall in love with this new collection of short stories (and I did!), I was blown away by the extent of her versatility and imagination in The Color Master. From teenagers at the mall in "Lemonade" to ogres in "The Devourings," each of the fourteen stories is set in its own fantastical world with its own voice, tone, and set of rules. The title story, "The Color Master" was by far my favorite. This is a spin-off of the French fairytale "Donkeyskin" by Charles Perrault. It was a little more plot-driven than the others, yet had a beautiful, glittery air of magic to it. The tailors had to make dresses the color of the sun, the moon, and the sky (!!!)... pretty incredible. This collection is reminiscent of fables of old, containing social commentary and deeper lessons to be learned. Bender definitely has a surrealist bent, so read these offbeat, eccentric stories knowing that, in some cases, you may be waking up before the dream is completely over! As much as I relished each story, I was still surprised by how astonishingly bizarre and avant-garde they are. If you are new to Aimee Bender's work, you may want to read The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake (novel) and Willful Creatures (short stories) first. I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any other compensation for this review.