The Year of Ice

by Brian Malloy

Well-written, and it kept me up long into the night. Not so sure I agree with the plotting: you wait and you wait and you wait for one specific thing to happen and it never does. Malloy handles the screwed-up family situation really well, though, as he shows the main character struggling to deal with his mother’s (off-screen) death and his father’s resultant distance. Was expecting something that dealt with the gay youth thing more, but that’s not what this is. And that’s okay.