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, andunbeknownst to anyone elsea 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 Kevins relationship with his father Patrick has become increasingly distant. As lonely women vie for his fathers attention, Kevin discovers Patricks own closely guarded secret he had planned to abandon his family for another woman.
More disturbingly, his mothers death may well have been a suicide, not an accident. Complicating the family dynamic is the constant meddling of Kevins outspoken Aunt Norawho will never forgive Patrick for Eileens deathalong with Patricks 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.
Winner of a 2003 Alex Award from the American Library Association and Booklist. Finalist for a 2003 Ferro-Grumley Award. Finalist for the Violet Quill Award.