What can be said about Kathy Fish’s writing that hasn’t been said before? She is a deserved legend of the flash fiction world, and Wild Life is a glorious collection containing work that spans fifteen years.
Fish’s themes are panoramic, distilled to their essence in these perfectly formed miniatures. She understands the human predicament, she writes sparingly, lyrically, with precision, about loss and longing, love and dreams. The world she creates is slightly off-centre, yet totally familiar, so carefully built, word by word. She crams the tiniest of spaces with illuminating wisdom, humour, and pathos, and with characters who are so close that you can feel their breath on the back of your neck as you read.
These stories - all 109 of them - need re-visiting again and again, they demand to be savoured, and this collection will stay by my bedside until it falls apart.
Available HERE from Matter Press.