A Bald Man with No Hair: And Other Stories by John Keller
Poised amid a dazzling array of locales and predicaments, the characters in John M. Keller's incisive, original stories become as real and as vivid as the places they inhabit. In "People Like Me Better Because I Like Guacamole," published in Glimmer Train, a Russian grocery store employee with a "box full of discarded dreams" heads to glacial southern Chile to try his hand at advertising copy, just after a gypsy predicts he'll die along the journey. In the title story, the life of a Mexican man with a rare sleep disorder changes irrevocably as he seeks to unravel the mystery of who shaved his head while he was sleeping. Keller captures the humor of the peculiar and the pedestrian, and his rich, searing descriptions and labyrinthine plots charge these twelve stories with an electric and unequivocally human pulse. This is the first collection of stories from a bold new voice.
John M. Keller is the author of three forthcoming novels: Know Your Baker; The Box and the Briefcase, the Moleque and the Old Man and the First Coming of the Second Son of God and Abracadabrantesque. His fiction and journalism have been printed in the United States and abroad. He has also written numerous screenplays, most notably the satire "Black People Are People Too" (2012). He is at work on a new collection of stories and, with Carey Harrison, a grammar primer (Where Did You Get That Bitch?).