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An electrifying debut novel from an “unusually gifted writer” (Lorrie Moore) about the radical intimacy of physical competition.

An unexpected tragedy at a community pool. A family’s unrelenting expectation of victory. The desire to gain or lose control; to make time speed up or stop; to be frighteningly, undeniably good at something. Each of the eight teenage girl boxers in HEADSHOT has her own reasons for the sacrifices she has made to come to Reno, Nevada, to compete to be named the best in the country. Through a series of face-offs that are raw, ecstatic, and punctuated by flashes of humor and tenderness, prizewinning writer Rita Bullwinkel animates the competitors’ pasts and futures as they summon the emotion, imagination and force of will required to win.

Frenetic, surprising and strikingly original, HEADSHOT is a portrait of the desire, envy, perfectionism, madness and sheer physical pleasure that motivates young women to fight --- even, and perhaps especially, when no one else is watching.

by Rita Bullwinkel

  • Publication Date: March 12, 2024
  • Genres: Fiction, Women's Fiction
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Viking
  • ISBN-10: 0593654102
  • ISBN-13: 9780593654101