Titles 1998-2018

Head, William Tester


Winner of the 1999 Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction
Selected by Amy Hempel

The eleven gorgeous stories in Head are remarkably varied in setting and cultural context: a bullying cattleman forces his two stepsons to lay fence in a Florida swamp; a haunted gay drifter hooks up with a rich young Italian in the shadow of the Vatican. Like Harold Brodkey's manic protagonists, William Tester's characters seem constantly poised on a psychic edge.Head contains some of the most daring and genuinely erotic writing in contemporary literature. By the author of the novel-length prose poem, Darling.

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