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Spanning nearly a decade of Kathy Fish’s writing, Together We Can Bury It draws heavily on the author’s Midwestern roots. Like the changing seasons, themes of childhood, siblinghood, and adult loss and betrayal are woven throughout these stories. In “Florida,” we share in Emmeline’s devastation when her mother makes her go to school unbathed after wetting the bed: “But howSpanning nearly a decade of Kathy Fish’s writing, Together We Can Bury It draws heavily on the author’s Midwestern roots. Like the changing seasons, themes of childhood, siblinghood, and adult loss and betrayal are woven throughout these stories. In “Florida,” we share in Emmeline’s devastation when her mother makes her go to school unbathed after wetting the bed: “But how will you ever learn if you don’t suffer the consequences?” In stories like “Shoebox,” we witness daughters struggling against distant parents, their lives out of control; these girls “don’t want to grow big and strong, they want to be left alone.” As we read about and remember milestone moments from our own lives, like first kisses, first heartbreak, and first sexual encounters, so too do we recognize that familiar “smile a woman wears when she’s on the verge of tears,” particularly in stories like “Wake Up,” “The Hollow,” “Breathless,” and “Foreign Film,” which reveal to us the lives of women in the midst of separation, divorce, widowhood, and desperation: “I call my husband sometimes in the middle of the night. ‘Are we going to be okay?’ I ask, whispering. I don't want to wake him up completely.” It is difficult not to think of these women as the little girl, all grown up now, from “Wild Yellow Dog, Giant Red Fox,” whose grandmother gives her a Royal typewriter and asks: “Please make your next story a happy one.” This is a collection that captures the feeling of embarking “on a long trip, something important and urgent, as if someone far away has died and here we are, speeding to the wake.”...

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Together We Can Bury It Reviews

  • Ravi
    2019-03-31 17:24

    Most of what I know about flash fiction I learned from reading Kathy Fish's work. She's a consummate master of the short form, and I'm so glad Lit Pub ran a second printing of this collection. These are the sort of stories that deepen and intensify with each rereading. Keep them close at hand.

  • Peter Tieryas
    2019-04-06 23:18

    Kathy Fish’s Together We Can Bury It is so creative and beautifully written, it’s hard not to marvel at the richness in each of the pieces. Flash fiction can be very tricky and often comes across as bite-sized versions of actual stories. In Together We Can Bury It, every one of the flash fictions is meatily self-contained, enough so that you want more, yet leaves a haunting aftertaste. If there was a crystallography of flash fiction, you would find lyrical facets woven together to form polycrystalline themes. Ionically bonded by longing and desire, the bildungsroman was never so terse and yet so poignant. Much is connoted in the title’s “Together” which suggests cooperation to bridge a time of vulnerability from the burying. Burying what? Skeletons, traumas, regrets, all the things we strive against and wish to discard. Here are four text samples from four different stories that I loved, though there are so many more:“Wren”: “That night I dreamed that I had hammered together a home for Wren. She would live there forever, surrounded by a thousand bright blue butterflies. And she would emerge from time to time to smile at me from behind a window of cracked glass.”“Rodney and Chelsea”: “Two bunnies sit in opposite corners of Chelsea’s bedroom. One is missing an eye and one’s polka-dotted ear is nearly torn off. Rodney and Chelsea undress in a clinical manner and fold their clothes as if, together, they have decided to join the Army. Rodney has seen parts of Chelsea but never the whole and now he stands before her and reaches out to touch one tangerine. Unsure of what to do with her own hands, Chelsea simply places them on Rodney’s shoulders.”“Breathless”: “We have moved into this small rental because we are poor. I decorate it in bright colors and wild patterns to cheer us, but we’re in mourning. My daughter’s father, Rob, died of lung cancer last spring... Lately I dream I’m riding a bicycle at night, the moon and the stars shining on my back.”“Spaceman”: “Untethered, he waves to his ship as it cartwheels through space. As he, himself, cartwheels through space. He squinches his eyes shut. Jane would tell him not to be afraid, that this is an infinite universe and in an infinite universe all things are mathematically possible, even certain. And so he imagines his pretty girl, walking toward him on a boardwalk or even on Pluto or some star, a surfboard under her arm, saying see, Space Man? See?”Together, we should read this. Together, we can see.__________

  • Robert Vaughan
    2019-04-13 20:00

    This book is a must read among the masters of short fiction. Kathy Fish sculpts a deep perspective and sharp pathos with her precise and deft word choices, spanning the ten years that these stories bridge of her illuminating writing career. The gorgeous design, that incredibly wrought title, and the Lit Pub as her publisher- all winning motifs that make this book one of not only the best of 2013, but of all time (there's a reason why the Lit Pub had to run a second printing...get it while you can!). You will not be disappointed. In fact, if you're like me, you'll be getting it as gifts for everyone you know that reads.

  • Bud Smith
    2019-03-24 22:23

    This collection is like an infinite tree dropping fruit every other paragraph. No bugs either.

  • Kathy
    2019-04-01 20:11

    TOGETHER WE CAN BURY IT is available again and can be ordered from The LIt Pub: and from Powell's (online or in store).“We readers are blessed to have these perfectly made stories by Kathy Fish, each one a distillation of novel-sized themes and predicaments to a heady, imperative, short short encounter, each story exact, humane, each story providing a language of music. And each the product of a writer who knows all the storms and terrors, the pathetic and somehow holy conditions of our existence. Masterworks!”—James Robison, author of The Illustrator “A space man untethered in the universe thinking of home. A young couple biking in the rain to a parade that must be cancelled. A woman losing her speech and balance but still leaving, she thinks, for New York. With remarkable precision, Kathy Fish champions the dreamers, believers, and lovers. If you are not one of those, you can trust Kathy Fish to show you the way back to your heart.”—Jennifer Pieroni, editor of Quick Fiction “Kathy Fish's Together We Can Bury It is a wonder—stories filled with sadness, humor, and longing—a slanted banged-up beauty of a world that feels like this one, only more.” —Jeff Landon, author of Truck Dance and Emily Avenue “Full of grace and wit, Kathy Fish's Together We Can Bury It takes one to the familiar, yet bizarre: worlds of wonder, ache, and hope. Worlds not to forget. A refreshing voice, busting of compassion, guts, and wisdom. This collection shines with amazing delight.”
—Kim Chinquee, author of Oh Baby “There’s a movie’s worth of character and plot and insight in every blooming one of these shortfictions. I finished this book feeling stuffed, dazed, and amazed by how much Kathy Fish gets done in such tight spaces. It’s a thrill to be privy to what she thinks about, the wonder she carries inside.”—Pia Z. Ehrhardt, author of Famous Fathers

  • Myfanwy
    2019-04-18 16:11

    The title, Together We Can Bury It, of Kathy Fish‘s remarkable collection of fiction comes from one of my favorite stories of the author, “Blooms,” which is a story I’ve read at least a half a dozen times if not more. As such, I cannot pretend that I am coming to this collection unbiased. In fact, I not only love Kathy Fish’s work, I love her as a friend and human being.Five years ago, just before my baby was born, a bunch of women writers I knew mostly online threw a virtual baby shower for me in which they not only sent me generous gifts, but also shared their advice on motherhood and children. It was a complete surprise that left me feeling utterly delighted and quite loved. I will never forget one of the gifts Kathy Fish gave me; it was a story she’d written called, “Bless this Child.” Never published before or since. Generously, she gave me her beautiful words and they are extremely close to my heart still and forever more.That is what she has done for you, too, dear reader, in this beautiful collection of short fiction. Within, you will find stories that will touch you, leave you breathless, make you laugh, make your heart ache. You will run the gamut of emotions–I promise you that–and you will find yourself living in the moment of these stories as filled with despair and hope as many of the characters are, waiting for change that may never come, but always waiting, never giving up. Just like the narrator in “Breathless,” you will have hope:"I’ll take Marta and move back to Ohio, closer to my family. Lynn can join us when school’s out. I’ll get a better job and we’ll buy a house there. Something modest, but comfortable. In summer we’ll buy fresh strawberries and we’ll eat them on the roof, under the draping branches of some enormous tree."

  • Mike Young
    2019-03-19 16:00

    from NOÖ [14]:Read this on a train back to Baltimore. On the train were people in McDonalds uniforms making loud and beautiful jokes because they’d stolen a bunch of mayonnaise. If inside a jar of stolen mayonnaise you found a tiny Nina Simone singing her cover of “Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues,” and you get to the part where she goes “Well that’s it folks, that’s it,” you would actually be getting to the sad and wan stories in this collection. And then this book sneaks the mayo back to where it stole it from, but it listens to Nina Simone on its off-brand MP3 player while drinking ginger ale at the mall, just wandering and wandering and remembering and trying not to regret anything.

  • Berit Ellingsen
    2019-04-11 20:20

    Together We Can Bury It is a collection of more than 40 flash fictions and short stories. Many of the stories are less than 500 words long, some less than 1000 words long and two are considerably longer. As such, each story is tightly condensed, with each word being significant for the rest. The stories revolve around love, loneliness, connectedness, family life, childhood, youth, daughters, mothers, husbands, and wives. There is an impressive range of age, gender, race and socioeconomic class of the characters, as well as variation in the mood of the stories, from the harsh and beautiful Foreign Film, to the experimental Movement, the surreal Searching for Samuel Beckett, the magical realism of Snow, the darkness of The Hollow, the evocative realism of Orlando, the satirical Baby, Baby and the science-flavored Space Man.Although short, each story feels like an entire world in itself. Fish’s assured and poised voice deliver accurate and inventive descriptions and lines that chill you or make you laugh out loud, sometimes simultaneously:“We thought maybe he'd changed his mind, was coming back down, when we saw his baseball cap copter to the ground.”“He has a behavior disorder which involves beating people up.”“She's wearing a herringbone maternity suit with a large red bow at her neck. She looks angry and fat, but festive.”“What your mother doesn't know is that you're terrified. You think about it all the time. Cancer cancer cancer. Cancer leg. Cancer arm. You've eaten too many cancer hot dogs and sausages in your life. You've gotten too many cancer sunburns. Cancer throat. Cancer head. Too much cancer sex.”Maybe the strongest stories are those that deal with family, and especially dysfunctional family, such as Bear Spirit, Wild Yellow Dog, Giant Red Fox and The Shoebox; harsh and courageous, impossible to be indifferent to.My personal favorites, however, were the quirkier ones, such as Snow – about a rather unusual snowpocalypse, Space Man; a truly touching tale that says everything one needs to know about life, death and love in just a few hundred words, and the light-and-dark Cancer Arm and Disassembly.The worlds in this collection are often a little lopsided, a little worn, sometimes dark and piercing, yet always beautiful in one way or another. They never tip over into sentimentalism or conceit and give the feeling that anything can happen, good and bad. But whatever does happen, you know it will be brave and honest, in the most human sense of the word.

  • Leesa
    2019-03-30 17:08

    1. I LOVE these stories. "Skinny Lullaby at the Lizard Lounge: Schenectady" where she writes: "The lady on the stage is skinny-singing something Joni Mitchell. We drink fuzzy navels. Get sleepy. Slide into each other like river otters." I really LOVE "Snow" and "Wake Up" and "Be My Be My Baby" and "This is Dwight" and "Lens" and "Orlando" and "Tenderoni." What I'm trying to say is that I love them all.2. I love how Kathy Fish writes about: men & women, snow, food, cocktails, homes and music. 3. I love how Kathy Fish describes colors.4. My husband is a VERY persnickety reader. I read a lot of these little stories aloud to him and he loved them as much as I do.5. And I don't feel this way about all stories/books I read but Kathy's stories make me want to WRITE. And that's probably my favorite thing about all of them.

  • Nancy Stohlman
    2019-04-14 22:14

    Kathy Fish’s stories beg rereading. Each one is as intricate as a lace doily, each with the complexity and elegance of a complete novel. In her latest collection, Together We Can Bury It, she is able to traverse large spans of time in the physical space of a page or two, suggest heart breaking nostalgia and create characters that ache with the pain and wonder of being human. Her stories are elegant, atmospheric, nostalgic, but never trite or sentimental. She shows the irony of childhood as deftly as the confusion and difficult beauty of adulthood: loving, losing, longing, and breathing the daily poetry that is the ordinary, but always extraordinary, life.

  • Pamela
    2019-03-22 22:21

    Kathy Fish is one of our prominent practitioners of the short-short story. "Flash" has always been a mystery to me--I simply don't see how it's done. At this point I don't worry about it (or try it), I just enjoy those who, like Fish, do it really well. Some of my favorites in this collection: "Snow," "Movement," "Shoebox," "The Hollow," "Fine Girl," "Night at the Reservoir on Airline Drive," "Rodney & Chelsea," "Orlando," "Cure," "Space Man," "Daffodil," "Disassembly" and "Cancer Arm." I'm still thinking about the last, strange (and longer than many) story, "Blooms."

  • Kevin Fanning
    2019-03-22 21:00

    A sweepingly excellent collection of 40 stories, a sort of retrospecticus of Kathy Fish's writing career so far. Everything about this book is well-done. Packaging, book design, even the ordering of the stories, perfectly executed. The stories themselves: amazing. There's no filler: every story is aching and gorgeous. I was folding down corners to keep track of the stories I particularly liked, but then most of the pages ended up folded. But for my edification and later recollection, my favorites were:"Snow" "The Hollow""Tenderoni""Rodney and Chelsea""Maidenhead to Oxford" "Orlando" "Moth Woman" "Baby, Baby" "Cancer Arm" - a story about cancer and families and Thanksgiving, and easily one of my top 10 favorite short stories of all time.

  • Sara
    2019-04-05 17:12

    This book is a Bible of the short form, meant to be savored then reread again and again. No one does compressed fiction like Kathy Fish. Her precision is unparalleled. Every detail, every line, every word does double, triple duty. Every beat is flawless. The stories in this stunning collection brim with such fullness and depth, they will break you up and cut you down - and leave you utterly mystified, wondering about the lives of these characters long after you finish reading. How does she accomplish all this in so few words? There lies the astounding genius of Kathy Fish.

  • Tom Allman
    2019-03-24 23:20

    What flash fiction does best, and Kathy Fish has mastered, is to take an idea, dunk your head into it, then pull you back up, coughing and sputtering.What an amazing collection of Flash Fiction Gems! From first to last, entertaining and well written. While I have read and written flash fiction before, I have not come across it in book form. I must say, that I enjoyed it immensely. Collected in five Chapters, and each story from a different point of view, this collection should be enjoyed one story at a time and not as a continuing narrative. For the first chapter I read all eight stories at one sitting. I was left a little dizzy. The second chapter I read each story, one at a time, but over the course of a day. That worked much better. I found that I needed to digest each story by itself. I am looking forward to more delightful little worlds seen through the tight prose of Kathy Fish.

  • Jen Knox
    2019-03-28 00:19

    Some authors have a way of making a reader forget the world, forget that she's reading, allowing pure enjoyment of the art of story. This is especially difficult to pull off with reading author/teachers. We feel the pull to be critical, cautious, and read with our defenses up, ready to find something that jostles us from the narrative. Very few authors have the ability to make such a reader forget, and even fewer flash fiction and short fiction writers have this ability because the form means creating numerous worlds and engaging the reader wholly again with each new story. Some authors can do it, though. Kathy Fish is one. This book is a gift for a reader like me.

  • Mary Lynn
    2019-04-15 17:11

    Beautiful collection by a master of the flash fiction form. These stories pack more loneliness, heartbreak, and despair into smaller spaces than ought to be possible, given the laws of narrative physics. But as one of Kathy Fish's characters tells us: "this is an infinite universe and in an infinite universe all things are mathematically possible." And yet, I still don't know how she does it.If you love great stories, Read This Book Now.

  • Ursula
    2019-04-13 16:15

    4.5/5 Kathy Fish understands language, its functions, and nuances, in such a stunning, powerful way. This collection contains many gems, among them "Blooms," "Foreign Film" "Authentic Smorgasboard Dinner" "Night at the Reservoir on Airline Drive" "Moro" "Lip" "Disassembly" "Cancer Arm" and "Tails." This is a particularly stellar book if you love flash or are studying the form.

  • Pia
    2019-04-10 16:08

    There’s a movie’s worth of character and plot and insight in every blooming one of these short fictions. I finished this book feeling stuffed, dazed, and amazed by how much Kathy Fish gets done in such tight spaces. It’s a thrill to be privy to what she thinks about, the wonder she carries inside.

  • Kathryn Houghton
    2019-04-03 23:13

    These pieces resonated with me, left me feeling more than a page or two or three should be able to. The language is both simple and rich, but at all times deeply compelling, and the individual pieces introduced me to characters I could relate to even when they were, in many ways, nothing like me.

  • Kate
    2019-03-19 16:26

    I read this flash fiction collection slowly on purpose, and marked my favorites to study and use as writing prompts. Kathy is a master of the form.

  • Levi Noe
    2019-03-28 00:16

    Kathy Fish aka The Queen of Flash does not disappoint in a single story or a single word. What a book!

  • Amy
    2019-03-22 18:15

    Awww, dang. Just went to the website, only to see that it's sold out

  • Mary Louise
    2019-03-28 20:05

    Looking forward to reading these stories...