Big Ray by Michael Kimball
A Novel

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"Big Ray" is an appalling tale told with anger, dark humor and surprising tenderness.
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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.

About Michael Kimball

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Michael Kimball is the author of The Way the Family Got Away, Dear Everybody, and, most recently, Us, and his novels have been translated into a dozen languages. His work has been featured on NPR's All Things Considered and in the Guardian, Vice, Bomb, and New York Tyrant. He is also responsible for the project Michael Kimball Writes Your Life Story (on a postcard) and a couple of documentary films. He lives in Baltimore. Visit his website at
Published September 4, 2012 by Bloomsbury USA. 192 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction
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Reviewed by ALEC SOLOMITA on Sep 28 2012

"Big Ray" is an appalling tale told with anger, dark humor and surprising tenderness.

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