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Heads: A Novel about an Artist

Eddie Stack

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Jazz Doherty, an Irish artist, makes a sacrilegious blunder while painting murals at the Church of the Sacred Heart in Berkeley. The parish priest, Fr. Ned Tobin, declares jihad on him and Doherty goes on the run.As his work at the church develops aMoreJazz Doherty, an Irish artist, makes a sacrilegious blunder while painting murals at the Church of the Sacred Heart in Berkeley. The parish priest, Fr. Ned Tobin, declares jihad on him and Doherty goes on the run.As his work at the church develops a cult following of hippies, punks and assorted outsiders, Jazz starves in San Franciscos bohemia. Keeping out of the priests range, he does odd jobs to get by, planning to leave California as soon as he has the money. While house sitting for a jailed marijuana grower, Jazz discovers a freezer full of money in the basement. He dips into the stash and spends recklessly. He leaves a generous donation at the parochial house for Fr Ned, but his plan to purify their karma backfires.This hilarious novel has a cast of weird and wonderful characters, many of them Irish immigrants, legal and illegal. We them we travel the San Francisco Bay Area, a few steps ahead of the cops and the INS. Heads was # 7 in BookGalleys Top 10 ebooks of 2011.Praise for Eddie Stacks writing —“Variously fantastic, comic, elegiac and nostalgic, Mr. Stack’s fictionis versatile and engaging...a vivid, compassionate, authentic voice...securing (him) a place in the celebrated tradition of his country’sstorytelling.”— New York Times Book Review“There’s a genuinely wild and fugitive comic sense –– thatputs one in mind of Myles na Gopaleen as much as the salt spumedam, George Makay Brown. Never sentimental, often funny, alwaysaccurate, this is pithy, finely tuned writing of a high order.”— The Observer