Today's short story is from The Color Master by Aimee Bender. She wrote the novel, The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake a couple years ago and she's kind of a happening author right now according to some reviews I've been reading.
Tiger Mending by Aimee Bender
Surreal story about two sisters, one of whom manages a Burger King (the narrator) and the other who is gifted at sewing and making people feel comfortable. The sister who sews gets recruited by two huge women to come visit Asia for a job. Both sisters go to Malaysia and the job involves sewing tiger stripes back on shredded tigers. There is some consternation and ultimately a sort-of resolution.
Story: 5 of 10
If I were to judge the first nine pages (of ten total) I'd give it a 9. I loved it. It was beautiful, enchanting, magical, elegant. I was already excited to read more of her stories. And then I read the last page and I was disappointed. I don't mind an ambiguous ending at all. In fact, I kind of like them. This ending was striving to be ambiguous but it just wasn't that good. This is one of those stories that almost made me angry because the promise of the beginning and middle were so good. Like really outstandingly good.
Teachability: 3 of 10
I could do something with characterization and symbolism with this story. Some of the students would like the topic of tigers needing repaired stripes. For a classroom though, it's just not a great fit.