Maintenance: The Original Soundtrack

by Rob Benvie

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This is a collection of scraps and scrapes to accompany the novel Maintenance by Rob Benvie.

From Coach House:

It is the summer of 1999, and the Sweltham family is leading an ordinary suburban existence. Former childhood volleyball champ Parker crisscrosses the continent as a sales rep for DynaFlex Sporting Goods, while his wife Trixie serves as the managing editor of Record of Truth, an unsuccessful genocide studies journal. Their son Owen has just returned from juvenile prison to the vast horrors of high school. Heath, Parker's brother, has vowed to cut down on weed and fried chicken for a regimen of self-improvement, obeying his AbDestroyer routine and crafting a screenplay that will dismantle the universe. All appears normal.

Yet in this summer's swelter, grim truths are revealed. Trixie is rocked from her routine by the discovery of an undiagnosable cerebral defect, rendering the trials of her lottery-winning mother sadly trivial. Cataloguing crunches and ignoring his Gulf War vet ex-girlfriend, Heath fights to reconcile confusions of the past with hopes of a meaningful future. Owen's religious fixations stir anew his Robitussin binges and fantasies of self-destruction. And while peddling his wares at the annual Empowerment Expo, Parker forges an uneasy friendship with Adam, an African political refugee harbouring his own violent aspirations. Nothing changes, but everything has changed.

Sprawling yet scalpel-sharp, Maintenance, like some twenty-first-century White Noise, takes the suburbs to a geography you won't recognize.

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released October 14, 2011

By Rob Benvie
Brought to you by Coach House Books/1.7 Publications

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And so Tigre Benvie brings a throttling of music for you to download, to ingest, to heed.
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