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"People speak of stories and novels as being ‘plot-driven,’ or, say, ‘voice-driven.’ If anything, Tester’s stories are fear-driven. There is, in these stories, fear of women—each jittery flirtation an agony of nervous desire—fear of a cruel stepfather who routinely endangers his stepsons, fear of one’s prospects. There is fear of the very act of speech, given the narrator’ ...more
Hardcover, 200 pages
Published October 1st 2000 by Sarabande Books
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These are exceptionally composed short stories. Central male figures, most of them pathetic. I love this deep, dark, twisted book. It resonates with me, especially the first story about the barbed wire fence. Let's just say I walked around with that story for a good, long time, and I love when that happens. I want to call William Tester and tell him how I feel, but that would probably freak him out.