Bull Head by John Vigna

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Generically, Bull Head falls into the category of rugged, working-class masculine literature that Canadian critic Alex Good has termed “ProleLit.” But at no point does Vigna condescend to his characters...
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"A heartbreaking portrait of what it means to be a man in a world where violence trumps reason, and bad decisions begin with good intentions. With wit, tenderness, and intelligence, Bull Head exposes the raw underbelly of male experience."—Gary Shteyngart, author of Super Sad True Love Story

A line-dancing aficionado visits his brother in jail in hopes of mending their relationship, and instead discovers his own unwitting role in his brother's failed life. After the death of his wife and children, a logger tries to survive the Thanksgiving weekend on his own. A delinquent teen's life is changed forever by a work-camp placement with a violent older boy. A truck driver seeks sanctuary from his abusive wife in a fantasy world of strip clubs and personal ads.

Bristling with restlessness and brutality, these linked stories set in the Pacific Northwest catapult readers into the gritty lives of social outcasts lost in purgatories of their own making. John Vigna tempers raw and at times cruel rural masculinity with graceful prose and breathtaking tenderness to illuminate the plight of men living in small towns and backwoods who belong neither to history nor the future. A startling homage to the great Southern Gothic tradition, Bull Head is a dazzling debut that heralds a powerful and exciting new literary voice.

John Vigna is an alumnus of the Iowa Writers' Workshop. His fiction and non fiction have appeared in numerous newspapers and magazines. John lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, with his wife, writer Nancy Lee.


 

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John Vigna is an alumnus of the Iowa Writers' Workshop. His fiction and non-fiction has appeared in numerous newspapers, magazines, and anthologies including The Dalhousie Review, Grain, Event, subTerrain, and The Antigonish Review.
 
Published September 15, 2012 by Arsenal Pulp Press. 192 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Steven W. Beattie on Sep 07 2012

Generically, Bull Head falls into the category of rugged, working-class masculine literature that Canadian critic Alex Good has termed “ProleLit.” But at no point does Vigna condescend to his characters...

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Reviewed by Steven W. Beattie on Sep 07 2012

Generically, Bull Head falls into the category of rugged, working-class masculine literature that Canadian critic Alex Good has termed “ProleLit.” But at no point does Vigna condescend to his characters: These men may yearn for something beyond themselves, but they are all possessed of dignity...

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