The 10 Best Books of 2012

12/17/2012 5:00 AM |


6) Big Ray
By Michael Kimball

In this meticulously composed, compressed novel, the surviving son of an abusive, obese father sifts through memories and photos to process their complex relationship. Each phrase reverberates with multiple meanings, and while the tone is elegiac, Kimball avoids the maudlin through spare narration and an injection of humor (as in dead-dad and “yo daddy’s so fat” jokes).