Big Rays 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 fathers memory. This stunning novel, narrated in more 500 brief entries, moves between past and present, between his fathers 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.