Monday, November 11, 2013

The Color Master: Stories by Aimee Bender

Bender delves into the human psyche with dark fairy tales in this collection of 15 captivating short stories.  The title story is highly visual and emotional.  Asked by the King to create a series of dresses for the Princess, to whom he plans to marry, the dying color master must interpret the subtle shades of the sky, sun, moon, and stars in dyeing the fabric.  But how does one capture anger or sadness into a dress, not to mention having to pass on her skills to a young seamstress?
Bender's imagination soars with twists and turns making me want to finish one story after another, even with the unsettling last story, The Devourings.