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Product details

  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Unknown Press (1 Dec. 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0996352600
  • ISBN-13: 978-0996352604
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.2 x 21.6 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 641,609 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Each vivid piece in Rift, this sharp collection, clutches the reader suddenly -- needing to offer its secret with the urgent elegance of the very best short short fiction." Ron Carlson (Five Skies) "RIFT made me laugh my face off, cry my guts out, and remember why writing matters: stories save us from our idiotic but lovable selves." Lidia Yuknavitch (The Small Backs of Children) "The stories in RIFT are peculiar and exciting and riveting and mournful and veer into places I had't noticed in my peripheral vision. You know, like life." Daniel Handler (Lemony Snicket, We Are Pirates) "This is close-up magic, jazz hands, mixed with twin talented samurais slashing through the translucent shoji of a too-close-for-comfort closet. This duet does it. The performance leaves you less than breathless. Hypnotized. Hypoxic. Hyphenated. Hysteric." Michael Martone (Hinesburg, Ohio) "These stories by Kathy Fish and Robert Vaughan are rich, textured, and physical - they smart with tension and possibility. RIFT is peppered with appealing, complex characers and atmospheric details." Megan Mayhew Bergman, (Almost Famous Women) "You can shave with the razor-like fictions in this collection from Kathy Fish and Robert Vaughan. These stories are as sharp as they cut deep, very like the people featured here, who come up and square off against each other in these dangerous, domestic arenas." Robert Lopez (Kamby Bolongo Mean River) "When Robert Vaughan and Kathy Fish, both masters of the form, combine forces, the end result is nothing short of breathtaking." Michael J. Seidlinger (The Strangest) "Reading Fish's and Vaughan's electric collection is like listening to two seasoned singers trading songs in a tunnel: their voices echo, resonate, and harmonize in impossible octaves. RIFT is a book of sublime melodies that sustain and remain." Ryan Ridge (American Homes) "I have been a devoted reader of Kathy Fish's stories for years. Countless times, I have turned to her work for instruction and comfort. And if possible, this collaboration with Robert Vaughan, RIFT, has strengthened my devotion. The stories here are full of precision and heartbreak. This book is an accomplishment, elegant and sparse, and richly imagined, and I loved it." Jensen Beach (Swallowed by the Cold) "These stories made me not sit still. They turned me around and turned me around." xTx (Today I am a Book) "Vaughan and Fish are twin aficionados of flash. Side by side, in RIFT, they captain language catching great tunas (of memory), so this book sails as fleet. Vaughan as name means "little" (he's BIG) and Fish can be "tuna" (prize fish)! The Little Tuna are a specie that rush and dart, reaching speeds of 47 miles an hour (fact)! These flashes are far faster, sleeker, and sharper than that- physical enough to hold gasping in hand." Luke Goebel (Fourteen Stories and None of Them Are Yours)

About the Author

Robert Vaughan leads roundtables at Red Oak Writing in Milwaukee, WI. He also teaches workshops in hybrid writing, dialogue, playwriting at places like The Clearing in Door County, WI. He was the co-founder of Flash Fiction Fridays, a radio program on WUWM in Milwaukee, where he premiered local flash fiction writers, and also starred writers from America and abroad. He is a senior editor for JMWW, and Lost in Thought magazines, a guest editor for Uno Kudo #5. His fourth collection, Rift, co-authored with Kathy Fish, is out in November 2015 from Unknown Press. His writing has been published in over 500 various literary journals, such as Necessary Fiction, Elimae, Literary Orphans, Everyday Genius, The Lit Pub, and Nervous Breakdown. He's also been selected for many anthologies such as Stripped (20120, Flash Fiction Funny (2014), and This is Poetry (2015). He is the author of three collections: Microtones (Cervena Barva Press, 2012); Diptychs + Triptychs + Lipsticks + Dipshits (Deadly Chaps, 2013); and Addicts & Basements (CCM, 2014). He also edited Flash Fiction Fridays (2011). His awards include Micro-Fiction (2012), Gertrude Stein Awards (2013, 2014). He blogs at www.robert-vaughan.com.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Short fiction by two writers at the height of their games. 13 Dec. 2015
By Barbara Swan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I’m reading Kathy Fish and Robert Vaughan’s Rift, a collaboration between two short-fiction writers at the height of their games. I’ve turned down the pages of the most compelling stories so far. As you can see, I’m taken with many of them, and I’m not even three-quarters of the way through. Divided into four sections -- Fault, Tremor, Breach and Cataclysm -- each writer’s stories speak to the titles in sometimes subtle, always surprising ways.

The always suave, sneaky/funny Vaughan, writes with the twisted subtext never far from his tightly-wound sentences. The feeling of foreboding is strong in “The Rooms We Rented,” where the carefully observed heroine, in a dress with “lines like the LA freeways,…” is “an undelivered Christmas cactus in the searing desert.” From the Cataclysm section, Fish opens with: “He lived with a woman who sold balloons at the zoo.” Who wouldn’t want to read to the end with a first line like that?
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5.0 out of 5 stars This collaboration will fracture you in all the best ways. 5 Jun. 2016
By Hillary Leftwich - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Rift is a body of work that joins together two masters of flash in what can only be described as a cohesion of work that defies anything that has been done in flash fiction before. Although the title suggests a break in continuity, this collection goes beyond expectations.

In Fish’s “No Time for Prairie Dog Town,” Fish is exacting in breaking your heart: “Sitting close, he rubs my back. Looorie, Looorie, staring somewhere past my shoulder. Sore, he says. Sore.”

Likewise, Vaughn wraps you in a tornado of words in “Akimbo” by throwing you right in the middle of what proves to be an inescapable scene: “We’re painting the nursery in the nude. Slapping eggshells over walls the color of a baby’s tongue.”

True to its geological nature, this collaboration will fracture you, leaveing you feeling unsteady, shaken, trapped in the midst of an upheaval you will not want to turn away from.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Absolute Delight 29 Nov. 2016
By Helene Cardona - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The short stories conjured up in "Rift" are an absolute delight. Robert Vaughan and Kathy Fish beautifully
complement each other. These brilliantly captured slices of life, from two writers at the to top of their game,
move, upset, and delight. I highly recommend "Rift."

Hélène Cardona, author of Life in Suspension and Dreaming My Animal Selves
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars RIFT Sizzles 3 Dec. 2015
By Len Kuntz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The stories in here sizzle with emotion and tension. Some will leave you gasping, others will take you out at the knees. This is writing at its finest. A book not to be missed. What Vaughan and Fish do here is deliver images of normal lives lived in extraordinary ways. Every piece lands its target and more than once you will go, "I sure as hell didn't see that coming." You only see prose like this from the masters, which these two authors most certainly are.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I've Been Rifted 1 Feb. 2016
By Steve Karas - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Rift is unlike anything I’ve ever read before, and I’m not sure I’ll ever read anything like it again. It’s a rare gem—200-plus pages of flash fiction written by two absolute pros in Kathy Fish and Robert Vaughan, exchanging stories, back and forth, like an epic tennis match. Fish and Vaughan put on a schooling in flash, a lesson on economy. While each certainly has his/her own unique style, these pieces flow together so seamlessly that there were several times I found myself flipping back to the Contents, curious to see which of the two wrote a specific story. There are so many great images (“I was swept up by the strings of the Hungarian gypsies playing down a side street,” “The fan’s blowing the little hairs on his chest over the scar that runs like a ladder from the button of his Bermuda shorts to his breastbone”), and countless passages where so much is communicated in such little space (“Later, in bed, he will turn to Marta and she will laugh at him. The rift between them grows. They have not had sex in three years. Marta spends a lot of time in the laundry room.”). The use of varying forms/structures (there are traditional flash pieces in here, micro fictions, longerish pieces and segmented pieces), as well as styles and tones, kept things fresh for me, kept me turning the pages. And I was really intrigued by the overarching structure of the book, the stories divided into four sections representing intensifying geological phenomena. It’s a structure I’m interested in examining further, how these authors came to differentiate pieces as tremors or cataclysms and so on. There were so many highlights in this book for me, but some I really enjoyed include: A Room With Many Small Beds, The Rooms We Rented, No Time For Prairie Dog Town, Night Life, Neil Figgens, When He Left It All to Me, Too Much Oxygen, Sea Creatures of Indiana, The Guy in the Sky, and A Proper Party. Rift is a book I will most definitely keep close and continue to refer back to for both inspiration and technique.
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