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Above an Abyss: Two Novellas

4.80  ·  Rating details ·  5 ratings  ·  3 reviews
Two contrasting tales of suspense anchor Above an Abyss: Two Novellas, Ryan Masters's debut collection of fiction. In Trampoline Games, all is not well among the sharply defined suburbs of Salt Lake City in the summer of 1986. A 12-year-old boy arrives in a land of "mountains, Mormons, crickets" to find baffling prejudice, but also intoxicating freedom, lust, moments of he ...more
Paperback, 116 pages
Published December 20th 2018 by Radial Books
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Jack Messenger
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The epigraph to Above An Abyss, Ryan Masters’ marvellous collection of two beautiful and stunningly juxtaposed novellas, is from Nabokov’s Speak, Memory: ‘The cradle rocks above an abyss, and common sense tells us that our existence is but a brief crack of light between two eternities of darkness.’ ‘Trampoline Games’ and ‘The Moth Orchid’ approach this idea of existential precarity from entirely different directions, yet the two stories complement one another in breathtaking, unexpected ways.
Ben Kostival
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Masters writes with grace and subtlety in ABOVE AN ABYSS of two of the most difficult subjects: boyhood and old age. More, he does so in arguably the most difficult prose form to deploy effectively: the novella. Not for nothing are novellas notoriously maddening to write and publish. Good ones provide a wealth of precise imagery along with mature plots inclusive of character development. Short stories excel at the former, novels at the latter. To be able to craft both dynamics into a single work ...more
Tricia Yost
Jan 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The pair of stories in this book play with the themes of youth/age, innocence/experience,
male/female, sunny searing Utah/dark cold Alaska, knowledge/oblivion. Both stories are disquieting and fully satisfying in structure, tone, and voice. From page one, this book is a tight gem.
Jacob Rundle
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Feb 07, 2019
Ryan Masters
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
marked it as to-read
Feb 03, 2019
Mehreen Kassam
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Feb 14, 2019
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Ryan Masters is a writer and poet from Santa Cruz, CA. He spent a decade on staff at the Santa Cruz Sentinel and The Monterey County Weekly. He is a frequent contributor to The Surfer's Journal and former poet-in-residence for the City of Pacific Grove, CA. His poetry and fiction work have appeared in publications such as The Iowa Review, Catamaran Literary Reader and Unlikely Stories. Above an Ab ...more