Y’know, I have pretty fond memories of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, but as I read it I think I might have been convincing myself that I liked his first novel more than I actually did. (I was living in New York, drunk or hung over most of the time, and reading in half-hour chunks [...]
A puppet at Pegasus Books in Berkeley, California reads the blurb I wrote for Aimee Bender’s last book, back when it was new and I still worked there.
Ms. Bender has outdone herself. She is my favorite and I love her and we are in love and we are gay married, so take from this review what you will, but…. like, I have loved her other books, and I always say that she’s a short story writer more than a novelist (like Lorrie [...]