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.