Ovenman: A Novel

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Tin House Books, 2007 - Fiction - 242 pages
When Thinfinger is a skateboarder, and general ne'er-do-well with a slightly tarnished heart of gold. 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 mysterious letters full of lies. But after being fired as a cook at the local barbecue and landing a job at the hippest pizza joint in town, When becomes the leader of a disheveled crew and seeks a new nirvana in mopping floors, tossing dough, cleaning ovens, drinking too much beer, and stealing just enough from the Man. 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 notes to himself to serve as memory. It doesn't take long before things really heat up for Ovenman.

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A novel of pizza parlors, skateboarding, tattoos and piercings—needless to say, it's a portrait of the '90s.Narrator When Thinfinger is the eponymous character. He's a denizen of Florida, lover of ... Read full review

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Parker's hilarious debut introduces to the world pizza-slinging, skateboarding, tattooed anti-hero When Thinfinger. Drinking and stealing his way through a series of dead-end restaurant jobs, When ... Read full review


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Jeff Parker’s fiction and nonfiction have appeared in numerous publications, including Tin House, Ploughshares, Hobart, and Best American Nonrequired Reading 2006. For more than a decade he worked in the kitchens of Italian, Mexican, seafood, pizza, fast food, and bar-b-q restaurants. Currently, he teaches creative writing and hypermedia at Eastern Michigan University and is program director of the Summer Literary Seminars in St. Petersburg, Russia program. He lives in Ypsilanti, Michigan, and Toronto, Canada.

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