Macmillan Childrens Publishing Group
The Year of Ice

The Year of Ice

A Novel

Brian Malloy

St. Martin's Griffin



Trade Paperback

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.

ALA Alex Awards Winner (Adult for Young Adults)


The Year of Ice

Aunt Nora always says that people can still surprise you. I never got what she meant by that until last fall. I mean, Floyd Anderson...


Praise for The Year of Ice

“Brian Malloy has a keen sense of time and place, of humor and character and most importantly, Brian Malloy has a big heart and it reveals itself on every single page of this fine novel.” —Lorna Ladvick, author of Patty Jane's House of Curl and Your Oasis on Flame Lake

The Year of Ice is a terrific bildungsroman of deep passions, family tragedy, and manly sensuality told with a great deal of humor and excitement. Malloy's intimate and honest voice should win him many adoring fans.” —Josip Novakovich, NYPL writing fellow and author of Salvation and Other Disasters

“With intelligence, empathy, and just the right dose of humor, Brian Malloy completely immerses us in the world of an ordinary boy going through the very extraordinary process of living his eighteenth year. In Kevin Doyle, Malloy gives us a gritty, witty, and utterly engrossing portrait of a young man who has enough on his hands with impending adulthood but then is forced to confront some very ugly long-buried family secrets. In The Year of Ice, lies are exposed, hearts broken, ideals shattered, and Brian Malloy, with keen eye and assured hand, announces himself as a writer to watch.” —Anne Ursu, author of Spilling Courage

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About the author

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.

Brian Malloy

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