Skateboarder, restaurant worker, and punk rocker wannabe, the antihero of Jeff Parker’s uproariously funny debut novel adds a new twist to the classic coming-of-age story. When Thinfinger, a ne’er-do-well with a slightly tarnished heart of gold, relies on Post-it notes to help him make sense of the chaos and momentum of his life: a girlfriend who dreams he murders her, a long lost Biodad who writes letters filled with lies, a televised war that is over before it has even begun, and a robbery he can’t remember committing.
"This excellent novel comes in many flavors, or, better yet, toppings: strip-mall bildungsroman, punk-skater picaresque, comedy of (bad) manners, quasi–love story, service industry send-up, and military-industrial satire, among them…. Parker is a very gifted writer, wise and funny, a worthy night manager of our dreams, and here in Ovenman he’s served up some something uncompromisingly tasty."
— From the introduction by Sam Lipsyte, author of Home Land.