The Back of the Line
Text by Jeff Parker, Drawings by William Powhida
The Back of the Line is an innovative collaboration between writer Jeff Parker and artist William Powhida. Through four stories interwoven with images, The Back of the Line follows the plight of ornithophobic, cuckolding, leering, scooter-thieving, laundromat loving, peeing-while-sleepwalking James J. Wreck. The narration in the suspect, second-hand account of James's best friend sometimes agrees and sometimes conflicts with the documentary evidence of James's deeds, creating fissures in the story as each of the two men see it. Motivated alternately by revenge, jealousy, altruism, and obsession, they continually misread one another in a train wreck of egos and desires. In the end each must choose between a damaged relationship and the possibilities of a better one. Designed as a handwritten journal, The Back of the Line is the improbable diary of two fractured souls, a document of the narrative and visual detritus of their world.
About the Authors
Jeff Parker's novel Ovenman was published in 2007 by Tin House Books. His short fiction and nonfiction have appeared in the Best American Nonrequired Reading 2006, Ploughshares, Tin House, Columbia, Hobart, The Journal, Panhandler, and other publications. He teaches creative writing at Eastern Michigan University and is the Russia Program Director of Summer Literary Seminars in St. Petersburg.
William Powhida's work has been exhibited in New York, London, Miami, Madrid, Los Angeles, and Seattle. His novel cover for Jeff Parker's Ovenman was published in 2007 by Tin House Books. He is represented in New York by Schroeder Romero Gallery and on the west coast by Platform Gallery in Seattle.
Publication Date: 4/15/2007