The Year of Ice by Brian Malloy
A Novel

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It is 1978 in the Twin Cities, and Kevin Doyle, a high school senior, is a marginal student in love with keggers, rock and roll, and--unbeknownst to anyone else--a boy in his class with thick eyelashes and a bad attitude. His mother Eileen died two years earlier when her car plunged into the icy waters of the Mississippi River, and since then Kevin's relationship with his father Patrick has become increasingly distant. As lonely women vie for his father's attention, Kevin discovers Patrick's own closely guarded secret: he had planned to abandon his family for another woman. More disturbingly, his mother's death may well have been a suicide, not an accident.

Complicating the family dynamic is the constant meddling of Kevin's outspoken Aunt Nora--who will never forgive Patrick for Eileen's death--along with Patrick's inability to stay single for very long. His loyalties divided between his father and his aunt, between his internal reality and his public persona, Kevin is forced to accept his gay identity and reevaluate his notions of family and love as painful truths emerge about both.


About Brian Malloy

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Brian Malloy is the author of the award-winning novel The Year of Ice and Twelve Long Months.  Originally from Philadelphia, he lives in Minneapolis and teaches fiction writing at Emerson College in Boston.
Published April 1, 2007 by St. Martin's Press. 273 pages
Genres: Gay & Lesbian, Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction

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Eventually, he comes to terms with his father and finds some measure of domestic peace, but Kevin also figures out that the best way to get on in life is to get on in the world—and move away from home.

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The author also displays a razor-sharp comic touch in the verbal sparring between father and son as Pat tries to bring his instant family together, and he balances the comedy with some touching scenes after Pat messes up his latest domestic venture.

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Kevin refers to her as the old cow, his feelings made perfectly clear at a disastrous first dinner -- preceded by a nasty fight -- between Kevin, his father, Mrs. Gunderson and her annoying niece Laurie: I follow [Laurie] to the sitting room where the cow's still in her coat...

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From Kevin’s nosy co-worker in the grocery store checkout line, to the well-meaning widow who longs to become his stepmother, to the nerdy schoolmate whose aunt proves negatively pivotal to Kevin’s relationship with his father, to his devil-may-care pseudo-biker best friend challenged with early ...

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