Devin Krukoff_s debut novel offers a bizarrely entertaining premise: the purpose of life is to avoid work in all its manifestations. Acknowledging the psychological architecture of his life, Richard Parks reconstructs the anatomy of this singular philosophy from his earliest recognitions. Whether drawing his slacker_s inspiration from his original muse _ a grade school boy with leukemia _ exploiting his father_s death for charity and pity, or devising the strategies that would parlay illness and injury into personal gains, Richard_s twisted reality attracts our morbid curiosity like a roadside accident, often generating wicked laughter.
The self-destructive exploits of Richard Parks, _demigod in the Church of the Useless_, leave a scattered trail of disturbingly brilliant images that shape his world of avoidance, disease, and reclusive plotting. Compensation is a refreshing affront to our politically correct sensibilities.
Devin Krukoff is the author of Compensation, Flyways, and Hummingbird, winner of the Saskatchewan Book of the Year Award. He won the M&S Journey Prize for short fiction in 2005. He lives in Regina, Saskatchewan, with his family.
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