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Wild Life Paperback – 2011

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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Matter Press (2011)
  • ISBN-10: 0983792801
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983792802
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #837,603 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kathy Fish lives in Colorado with her family. Her short fiction has appeared in Indiana Review, The Denver Quarterly, New South, Quick Fiction, Guernica, Slice and elsewhere, with work forthcoming in THE LIST: 25 PROVOCATIVE WOMEN WRITERS (Black Lawrence Press, 2014). She guest edited Dzanc Books' BEST OF THE WEB 2010. She is the author of three collections of short fiction: a chapbook of flash fiction in the chapbook collective, A PECULIAR FEELING OF RESTLESSNESS; FOUR CHAPBOOKS OF SHORT SHORT FICTION BY FOUR WOMEN (Rose Metal Press, 2008), WILD LIFE (Matter Press, 2011) and TOGETHER WE CAN BURY IT, the 2nd printing of which is forthcoming from The Lit Pub.

Her profile on Goodreads may be found here: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1199959.Kathy_Fish

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If you're like me, when you finish the brilliant new chapbook Wild Life just about every other page will be dog eared. From the prodigal brother eating watermelon in the dark, to the Payless shoe store clerk who may or may not be a child abductor, to the couple with the new bed, you will turn the last page of this book and feel as though you have entered a truly beautiful and brilliant mind. And that mind belongs to the book's author, Kathy Fish.

Fish's wry humor, keen vision, and deft language will leaving you laughing one minute and crying the next. She is not manipulative with her words. She does not scream her stories. She does not thrust them down your throat. She offers them to you quietly. She offers them to you as a whispered prayer. In fact, what she does is trust you with her unique and precious gift.

Take, for example, "One Purple Finch" a gentle and unexpected love story that is utterly complex in its beautiful simplicity:

"He would make pancakes for her, with berries and honey. And she would life the hem of her skirt. And she would build him a fire. And he would make her a card, drawing a picture on the front, of trees and one purple finch. And they would look at each other at the end of the day and say now what should we do? We should be friends forever and hold each other's hands and tell each other when we have something stuck between our teeth and trade anecdotes and say oh you told me this before but I love hearing you tell it, so tell it to me again. And you should untie my sneakers when I am weary and I will wear the silky aquamarine robe when you want me to."

All of the pieces in this book moved me in some way, but the one that will not ever let me go is "Spin" which is about a mother and her young child.
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This book is a gem. No, that's clichéd though it's true. The book is harder, sharper, stronger; it's a weapon to help you tame the beasts that Kathy Fish has unleashed on the page. Many of these beasts aren't animals at all, they're human and that is what Fish does so very well: humanity. My favorite stories are near the end - Spin, The Bed and Tenderoni -- they're about the struggle to get close to one another. "Wild Life" in Kathy Fish's magical world of very short stories is a very large world in which we live infinitely far away from one another but don't like it. If, at the end of the book, you still feel as alone as you may have done before you started, then the stories aren't to blame. A wonderful collection of wisdom.
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I just loved this book by Kathy Fish. She writes like no one else working on flash today. Her intelligence shines through each story in a subtle way like sunshine on stream rocks. You know it's there but it doesn't yell to be noticed. When you finish each story you are transformed, but not like a blow over the head. More like a wind that comes up on a hot day. Highly recommend this book.
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ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED AT OUTSIDER WRITERS COLLECTIVE.

In Kathy Fish's slim volume of flash and micro-fiction stories, Wild Life, she splits the collection into two halves, the first entitled Wild ("The lioness is crouching.") and the second entitled Life ("Grundy Triplets Perish Unnecessarily"). And there is a reason for this. While both sections deal with family (even though the subtitle to the collection is "a collection of undomesticated flash fictions") the first part has a feeling of chaos, and a lack of control, while the second part hints at the day-to-day events and mundane entertainments that we often take for granted.

Wild.

Life.

Kathy Fish is at her best when she mixes a blend of bitter and sweet to create an air of nostalgia, sentiment and understanding. The first story in this collection is entitled "Watermelon." Take this excerpt for example:

"You left anyway, hitchhiked all the way to Houston, and one night months later we looked up and saw you at the table, eating watermelon in the dark."

She focuses on the relationship between two brothers, which eventually descends into mockery and violence, that's just what brothers do--sisters, sometimes too. But underneath the words and the sharp tongues, there is usually a layer of love, and loss, and longing. When you say, "I never liked you, ugliestworstmosthorrible brother ever" what you really mean is "stay."

Later, in "The Cartoonist," she shows how in only a handful of sentences she can create a vivid tapestry--weaving family, setting, and emotions together. As a family sits around the dinner table, a mundane event if ever there was one, a crow flies down the chimney. Chaos ensues.
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