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“Victoria Fish casts a spell so subtle and sure it could only be the work of a master storyteller.  It is this talented writer’s special gift to be able to unmask everyday reality to its essence and surprise us with the familiar.  In rendering the struggles of ordinary people – suburban moms and military vets and disdained little sisters – she illuminated the stuff that makes us human.”  Sara Tucker (from cover)

A BRIEF MOMENT OF WEIGHTLESSNESS is a gathering of short stories which expose events in ordinary lives which are profound relationship reveals.  The writing is full of momentary details that make the location alive and the communications vital and often exquisite in the compactness of their expression. I read each of the 11 stories twice in a row and I highlighted 29 quotes which touched me deeply.  I was not awake all night trying to find resolution because these stories are complete; they are just about a snapshot moment.

I am giving this book to four people for birthday gifts in October and November because it is the nicest group of well – written words I can expect to share as we retreat into our winter mode with gentle prose.

Chapter Titles:

  • Where Do You Find a Turtle with No Legs?
  • The Sari
  • Green Line
  • Unleashed
  • What Is the Color Blue?
  • Sanctuary Therapy
  • The Last and Kindest Thing
  • Phantom Pain
  • The Voice at the End of the Line
  • Between the Dream and Here

“She remembers putting four rolls of Wintergreen Lifesavers in her pocket and quietly climbing up the stairs and over the green shag carpeting to the kids’ bathroom when she was not much older than he.  She’d heard that they sparkled fluorescently if you chewed them with your mouth open in the dark.  In the bathroom, she turned out the light and pulled the curtains her mother made against the late summer light.  How wonderful it would be to see lights and sparkles coming out of her.  She’d stood in front of the mirror in the pitch dark and did it over and over until her mother called her for dinner.” (Page 59)

TLC Book Tours  and Mayapple Press  sent me a copy of this delightful book to review.  It was pure pleasure.  A BRIEF MOMENT OF WEIGHTLESSNESS.

Victoria Fish writes many short stories which have appeared in numerous literary magazines, including Hunger Mountain, Slow Trains, Wild River Review, and Literary Mama. She is currently working on a Master of Social Work degree. She lives with her husband and three boys in the hills of Vermont.  A BRIEF MOMENT OF WEIGHTLESSNESS is her first book and it is sublime.


“Going to the hospital reminds me of flying: if you dress up, you have a better chance of being bumped to first class.  You get more respect.”  (Page 83)

Incendiary Girls
The Sense of Touch
Our Love Could Light the World
The Moon Sisters

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10 Responses to “A BRIEF MOMENT OF WEIGHTLESSNESS: Stories ~Victoria Fish”

  1. Vicky Says:

    Thank you, Patricia, for such a lovely and thorough review~ It means so much.

    Patricia Reply:

    Thank you for nice email – I so enjoyed these stories you have written and I just sent out a copy for my friend in Maine as a Birthday gift. I am reading it again for pure pleasure
    Thank you for writing such fine stories
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  2. Laurie Buchanan Says:

    Patricia – Now THIS sounds like my kind of book. I’ve just added it to my Must Read list. Thank you, as always, for your thoughtful reviews.

    Patricia Reply:

    I found it a beautiful read…

  3. Sara Says:


    The quotes you pulled from these stories were great and spoke volumes about the writer’s talent. They definitely made me curious to take a closer look at this book.

    I think writers have to be really gifted to write short stories. Like you said they have to be complete and capture a “snapshot moment” of life. As a novice writer, I know how difficult this can be. From what you shared, it looks like Victoria Fish has the gift:~)
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    Patricia Reply:

    This whole book was a gift to me and I am passing it on. I am sending you a copy of the book because I think you are ready to publish a lovely group of stories such as these.

    Talented writers share with other talented writers their work…

    I enjoy your stories so much and I enjoyed this book very much..
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  4. Heather J. @ TLC Book Tours Says:

    Thanks for being a part of the tour!

    Patricia Reply:

    My pleasure
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  5. Sam Juliano Says:

    Once again you have gained the appreciative stamp of approval from the writer. What better validation of your work is available? The actual collection is most intriguing.
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    Patricia Reply:

    I loved this book and have already sent it out for 4 birthday gifts. The writing is lovely and yes the author did come by and comment, along with sending me a beautiful email…

    That makes this so fun Now if I can just get some tweets and facebook shares for my reviews more people will discovery these good books
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