A BRIEF MOMENT OF WEIGHTLESSNESS: Stories ~Victoria Fish
“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.
- Where Do You Find a Turtle with No Legs?
- A BRIEF MOMENT OF WEIGHTLESSNESS
- The Sari
- Green Line
- 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)
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)