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Ryan's expansive work of fiction tackles the story of one peculiarly dysfunctional family. Smart, touching, and funny, Ryan's outlandish characters soon become as familiar and dear to readers as their own family members. Such is Ryan's gift: a hugely compassionate eye, which he uses judiciously.
In most families, a certain patriarch or matriarch holds sway, exerting a kind of gravitational force that holds everyone together. Not so with the Ragazzino/Kerrigan clan. While it's doubtful that Teresa, mother of four and Ryan's central character, ever possessed such power over her brood, what little she might have wielded is long gone by the time her second husband exits the scene. Her children spin out of control, orbiting further and further away from her, until it appears they're a family devoid of a center. Her eldest son, Matt, leaves to care for the father who abandoned him. Karen, a formerly sassy teenager, enters a strange marriage with a born-again salesman. Joe, one of two gay sons, is undone by the fact that his younger brother, Frankie, staked claim to the single homosexual slot allotted to any one family. And Frankie, a sci-fi geek who believes in alien life forms, is the only one to return home.
With this beautifully written and haunting story of family love and loss, Ryan stakes his claim in the world of American letters. (Spring 2006 Selection)