I don’t tend to read short story collections very often, generally gravitating towards novels, but an intriguing recommendation from a friend led me to pick up Aimee Bender’s The Color Master. And I am glad I listened to her, because her recommendation led me to one of my new favorite books!
I think what drew me into this collection more than others was the sense of fairy tale that ran throughout the stories. Aimee Bender writes in a clear, engaging way and has a brilliant imagination that enchants the reader. While at first glance each story is about ordinary people living ordinary lives, there is a spark of magic in every story that makes them something special. In one story, a talented seamstress is hired to mend tigers; in another a girl meets a stranger who happens to have a ring exactly like the one she threw in the river years ago; and in the title piece, the workers at a tailor shop strive to create the perfect blend of colors to make dresses the color of the moon, sun, and sky.
I look forward to checking out Aimee Bender’s other work, and while I was not a fan of short story collections before, after reading The Color Master I’ve been converted, and I certainly am now!
Bender, Aimee. The Color Master. New York: Doubleday, 2013.
Book design by Maria Carella. Jacket design by Emily Mahon. Tactile typographic art copyright Dominique Falla. Image from BN.com.