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.
nephew Neil walks back into her life. Instead of the boy she knew 12 years ago, he is now a handsome young man. Soon, he has offered to rebuild her barn in exchange for lodging. But his offer of help and friendship is part of a larger plan that will leave a trail of deception and murder in its wake. As the barn takes shape, Ellen watches her life and her world change under the spell of forces she no longer knows how to name or control. This gripping pause-resister will haunt you long after the last sentence.
Jonathon Bender had something to say to the world; unfortunately, the world wasn't listening, and didn't start until Jonathon committed suicide. Dear Everybody is his last will and testament: unsent letters addressed to relatives, friends, teachers, classmates, professors, roommates, employers, former girlfriends, his ex-wife, the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny, Santa Claus, the state of Michigan, and a weather satellite, just to name a few, alongside the eulogizing reminiscences of his closest acquaintances.