In 15 short stories, evenly divided into three sections of five, Aimee Bender explores the unevenness, strangeness and magic of both loneliness and companionship. The stories collected in THE COLOR MASTER are united in theme, symbol and type of character, even though the settings and particulars are diverse. Most have a fairy tale quality, there is magic of both obvious and subtle types, and all are compelling and provocative.
Bender opens with a very short, almost micro-story titled “Appleless,” about a group of people, perhaps children, who, except for one among them, eat nothing but apples. The appleless girl, beautiful and