A master seamstress and her sister travel to Malaysia to swen up the torn backs of tigers.
(from The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2005)
And like usual it was the way she said it. In that gentle voice that had a back to it.
Here’s to probably meaningless allegories. I loved this crazy story. It’s got a sneaky calm soundtrack to it, an inner peace that never recedes, even when the story takes bleak or bizarre turns. The final gesture feels right while not speaking its meaning outright. What I mean is, I have no idea why most of what happens happens, but I accept it. Revelations are for fiction. Sewing tigers is truth.
Here is a link to the painting by Amy Cutler that inspired this story.
And here‘s a link to Aimee Bender’s web page.