The Year of Ice A Novel

Brian Malloy

St. Martin's Griffin

0312313691

9780312313692

Trade Paperback

272 Pages

$16.99

CAD19.50

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Winner of the Alex Award
A Booklist Editors' Choice Best Adult Book for Young Adults
A Finalist for the Ferro-Grumley Award
Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults Nominee

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—with 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 disturbingly, 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.

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The Year of Ice
1THE ABSOLUTE STILLNESS OF THE WHITEJANUARY 1978Aunt Nora always says that people can still surprise you. I never got what she meant by that until last fall. I mean, Floyd Anderson always seemed normal enough. He's an old Swede who has been our neighbor for as long as I can remember. He's always had a good word for everybody He always told the same jokes, always talked about the weather, and always kept his sidewalk clean as a whistle even during the worst snowfalls. You could set your watch by Floyd Anderson.Then he began wearing a pyramid on his head right around Halloween
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  • Brian Malloy

  • Brian Malloy is the development director for The Loft, the largest independent literary arts center in the U.S., as well as grants director for Open Book, a community center for the literary and book arts. He lives in Minneapolis. The Year of Ice is his first novel. Visit the author's website at www.malloywriter.com.
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