Based in a small town in Central Florida, Ovenman follows When Thinfinger—skateboarder and pizza slinger extraordinaire. He is a singer in a local band, but his bandmates only let him sing their name, "Wormdevil." He has a girlfriend who dreams that he murders her and decorates their apartment with the skulls of small animals. His mother and stepfather haven't spoken to him since he covered his arms in bad tattoos, and his newly surfaced Biodad sends pathological lies by letter. When's philosophy is that anything worth saying should fit on a Post-it note and, following his beer-soaked nights, he learns to rely on nightly notes to himself to serve as memory. But when his own restaurant is robbed, and he wakes up to the phone ringing, his only Post-it clue reading "Don't pick up", the heat really comes on.
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Jeff Parker is the author of the novel Ovenman (Tin House Books) and The Back of the Line (DECODE), a collection of stories and images in collaboration with artist William Powhida. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in The Best American Nonrequired Reading, Hobart, Ploughshares, Tin House, The Walrus, and other pubs. He teaches at the University of Toronto and is the program director of Summer Literary Seminars in St. Petersburg, Russia. He lives in Toronto, Canada.
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