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The Year of Ice by Brian Malloy

The Year of Ice

by Brian Malloy

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A young man comes to terms with his mother's death, his dysfunctional family, and his own sexuality. Set in the 1970's the book was touching, quirky and a nice read.
  dmerrell | Aug 20, 2014 |
Story of a young man who is trying to come to terms with his sexual identity. ( )
  Kristelh | Nov 16, 2013 |
At the start of the book it's January 1978, and for Kevin, the protagonist, it marks two things: his 18th birthday, and the second anniversary of his mother's death. He is living with his father who works a lot, doesn't talk much and is chased by widows, goes to school, packs bags in a supermarket, hangs out with friends, has a crush on one of the other guys in the team. Over the course of the winter and spring, Kevin finds out more about what was going on at the time of his mother's death, and it changes his relationship with his father. It's a year of realising that other people aren't necessarily what you thought they were like, and can surprise you, in good ways as well as bad. ( )
  mari_reads | Mar 3, 2012 |
The main character of this coming of age / coming out novel is often unlikeable. But as the story unfolds, it becomes apparent that he is not the only adolescent in his truncated family. Absorbing and well-written, irritating and amusing, this book portrays the angst, longing, and confusion of a gay Midwestern teen trying to figure out his place in the world. Recommended. ( )
  mikerr | Jun 11, 2010 |
I was worried when I started reading that this book would make me cry (I seem to run into a lot of those books) and in some ways it did. But mostly it was pretty damn amazing. The Year of Ice is a coming of age story while also being a coming out story (sort of). But it's also about love and family. The novel took a few twists I wasn't expecting, all of them adding, rather than detracting, too the book. Kevin was a strong main character and I liked his brashness mixed with his fears associated with being gay. ( )
  callmecayce | Dec 10, 2009 |
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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.

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"It's 1978 and a typical January day in Minnesota's Twin Cities - except for Kevin Doyle, whose mother died two years ago when her car plunged into the icy waters of the Upper Mississippi. A high school senior, Kevin is a marginal student obsessed with keggers, rock and roll, maintaining his place in the pecking order of high school males, and - unbeknownst to anyone else - a boy in his school with thick eyelashes and a bad attitude. In the past two years, Kevin's relationship with his father, Patrick, has grown increasingly distant, and as lonely women vie for his father's attention, Kevin discovers Patrick's own closely guarded secret: At the time of his wife's death, he had planned to abandon his family for another woman. More disturbing, his mother's death may well have been a suicide, not an accident." "Fanning the flames of familial discontent is Kevin's aunt Nora, a belligerent and fiercely religious Irish immigrant who has never liked her brother-in-law and blames him for the death of her sister. In the coming year, a series of painful truths and closely guarded secrets threatens to shatter the tentative bonds between father and son and wreak havoc on the lives of those nearest to them both."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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