RIFT FINAL*Cover photography courtesy of Casey McSpadden

Praise for RIFT:

“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, author of Swallowed by the Cold (forthcoming from Graywolf Press)

“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, author of Five Skies (Penguin, 2007)

“In the tangled tango that is Rift, the flashy two-stepping, jittery-bugging fiction cotillion choreographed by Kathy Fish and Robert Vaughan, every movement kicks apart tectonic double takes, seismic shifting glares and glances. 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. Over and over. The couples in this couple’s stories cleave and cleave and cleave again. The performance leaves you less than breathless. Hypnotized. Hypoxic. Hyphenated. Hysteric.” – Michael Martone, author of Four For a Quarter (Fiction Collective Two, 2011)

“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, author of Kamby Bolongo Mean River (Dzanc Books, 2009)

“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 characters and atmospheric details.”
Megan Mayhew Bergman, author of Almost Famous Women (Scribner, 2015)

“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, author of The Small Backs of Children

“These stories made me not sit still. They turned me around and turned me around.”
xTx, author of Today I am a Book (CCM, 2015)

“The stories in RIFT are peculiar and exciting and riveting and mournful and veer into places I hadn’t noticed in my peripheral vision. You know, like life.” Daniel Handler, author of We Are Pirates (Bloomsbury, 2015)

“When Robert Vaughan and Kathy Fish, both masters of the form, combine forces, the end result is nothing short of breathtaking.” – Michael J. Seidlinger, author of The Strangest (OR Books, 2015)

“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, author of American Homes (University of Michigan Press, 2015)

“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, author of Fourteen Stories and None of Them Are Yours (Fiction Collective Two, 2014)

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