Science Fiction, Magical Realism, Surrealism?

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Science Fiction, Magical Realism, Surrealism?

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Jul 23, 2010, 3:52am

I just finished The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender and absolutely loved it. Has anyone read it? I read that Bender was nominated for a Tiptree award in 2005 (I think). She writes these fantastic situations in the most understated and reasonable manner so that they seem plausible. I know labels aren't necessary, but just wondering. How would you peg her?

Jul 23, 2010, 6:34pm

I've not read her, but she's been on my to-read list for ages now. Have you read much Kelly Link? She's one of my absolute favorites, and I have this idea in my head that her writing is somewhat similar to Bender's. If I had to give one label to Link's work, it would probably be magical realism, but really I'd prefer to add in a bunch more descriptors like "quirky," "funny," "spooky," and "postmodern."

Jul 23, 2010, 10:56pm

BookNrrrd, I've never heard of Kelly Link, but if she's like Aimee Bender, I have to give her a try. I downloaded Stranger Things Happen to my Nook.

Out 20, 2010, 9:43pm

Aimee Bender gets included in a fair number of anthologies that cross genre lines—a subgenre sometimes called "interstitial" or "slipstream". Bender is included in this anthology Feeling Very Strange: The Slipstream Anthology, edited by Kelly and Kessel. Other women in the anthology are Link, Emschwiller, M. Rickart, Karen Joy Fowler and Theodora Goss.

Out 21, 2010, 12:00am

Slipstream. I like that term, and it certainly seems to fit Aimee Bender.