|(Thank you to the publisher and TLC Book Tours for providing me with a copy of this book!)|
A Brief Moment of Weightlessness is a collection of short stories that illuminate the beauty and extraordinariness of “ordinary” lives. Each explores the human desire for connectedness and grace. The stories range from large upheavals such as how a marriage shifts when a spouse loses a limb or how a girl reconfigures her world when her father goes to jail, to smaller moments such as when a woman experiences wonder again on a visit to a nursing home with her child and their dog, or when a man finds redemption in the midst of tragedy after being bitten by his dying dog. These illuminating, heartbreaking, poignant, astute stories take on serious issues of death/dying, injury, infidelity, aftermath of war, estrangement and more, but without a sense of gloom that could overwhelm them. They often, though not always, find that glimmer of hope or opportunity, and they are told in a voice that can cut to the quick of a character or conflict, with endings that don’t always resolve neatly. These stories explore, dissect and celebrate those small moments within the larger events that make all of our lives extraordinary.
(My apologies to the author for this late post on her wonderful book!)
Short stories are where its at! Seriously, its true. Just pick up a copy of Victoria Fish's debut collection of shorts, A Brief Moment of Weightlessness, if you don't believe me. This book has it all! There are unforgettable characters, relatable issues (grief, death, illness, family, marriage), and unputdownable stories that will keep you hooked from start to finish. Fish's quiet and self-assured writing displays a confidence and ease that just blew me away. The way she is able to portray the complexity and simplicity of human nature is spellbinding. And her ability to tinge each story with a bit of sadness made her prose even more beautiful. I absolutely loved falling in deep with these eleven short stories and found myself wanting more once I had finished reading the last one. Victoria Fish is an author that I look forward to reading more of. Check out what other bloggers are saying about: A Brief Moment of Weightlessness