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.
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.
* To the staff of a Minneapolis nursing home, he's the devoted partner of a much older man who's recently suffered a debilitating stroke.
* To the women of a conservative, Christian pro-life organization, he's the tireless volunteer grieving over the recent loss of his wife and their unborn child.
* To one gay activist, he's the unaffectedly charming, yet directionless and unemployed man that he's fallen hopelessly in love with
* To his brother and his brother's wife, he's the lynchpin of a scam that will net them enough money to start their lives over somewhere new.
* To the general public, he's an armed and dangerous fugitive
All of these people - and yet none of them - Brendan Wolf is an ambivalent lover, reluctant conspirator, counterfeit Christian, and, most of all, an unemployed daydreamer obsessed with a dead man.
From the author of the award-winning The Year of Ice, this is a tour-de-force - a compelling, hilarious, heart-breaking novel about one utterly typical, and completely original, figure: Brendan Wolf.
Somewhere on the edge of a long-forgotten land called the Great Open, two fiercely strong-willed, all-American high school boys come togetherforging a relationship hotter than the blazing Eastern Montana summer sun.
Cash McCollum, a short-tempered, fifth generation rodeo cowboy, finds his simple, black-n-white world bulldozed over by rich, handsome Travis Hunter, star jock of the football team. And what begins as a secret liaison between them, eventually stirs up into an impish, and sometimes humorous, whirlwind of gossipawakening the small, sleepy town of Miles City.
you n Travis seem to be slidin into a real comfy corner. A corner that Cashs older brother, Clayton is not okay with.
As time passes, and the friendship deepens, its their extreme popularity that continues to attract a whole lot of unwanted attentionthrusting them from the closet into the middle of local limelight. From the beginning, the stakes are high with each risking a lot. Cash cannot lose sight of the rodeo crown title, All-Around Cowboy, at his fingertips; and Travis is dead-set on taking the football team to state championshipgaining the trophy of Most Valuable Player for himself as well.
Compounding this star-studded drama, these two boys also discover their worlds are COMPLETELY differentwith nothing to bind them together but an unbridled attraction and a fierce determination to make the relationship work.
Were comin from two different culturescant you see that? Cash forces Travis to smell the roses. You obviously come from money I dont. I never will.
Its Travis persistence, however, that keeps them glued together. I cant live without you, Cash, because its you who makes me a better guy
Under the Big Sky unveils a world that many overlook, or refuse to acknowledge. It is where the human heart beats as strong as ancient echoes of Indian drums along a mighty and untamed Yellowstone River. Within its pages, youll be taken to places never seen beforebut yet, seem so familiar. Youll be allowed to see the human soulnaked in all its brashness, yet pure and simplegraced with the innocence of honest youth. Under the Big Sky is a story that undeniably declares that, What Heaven hath joined together let no man cut asunder.