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Big Ray's temper and obesity define him. When Big Ray dies, his son feels mostly relief, dismissing his other emotions. Yet years later, the adult son must reckon with the outsized presence of his father's memory. This stunning novel, narrated in more 500 brief entries, moves between past and present, between his father's death and his life, between an abusive childhood and an adult understanding. Shot through with humor and insight that will resonate with anyone who has experienced a complicated parental relationship, Big Ray is a staggering family story-at once brutal and tender, sickening and beautiful.
From Publishers Weekly
© Publishers Weekly
Just finished this book... I'm left feeling sad and somewhat disturbed. The more revealing "entries" are told with such dispassion, that one gets the sense that this is not, in fact, a work of fiction. Rather, it seems to be small bursts of cathartic writing, meant more to empty the author's mind of horrific childhood memories. Whilst written intelligently, with small bits of softened humour, beware of finishing this work and being left with a sense of despair. Not a light-hearted Sunday afternoon read.