The End of the Ice Age brings together twelve tales of hardscrabble characters circling in their lonely orbits. These are stories of unfulfilled expectations, infidelities and small though ultimately meaningful victories that allow us to withstand greater losses. This could be Carver territory if it was not so obviously Young’s world. These stories will linger with you for a long time.
“You should read these stories. But consider this a warning: you will find yourself nodding your head in agreement that the world is a sad and messed up place. These stories leave a stain on the heart.” – Canadian Literature
“Young’s style is concise and uncomplicated, but nothing feels incomplete, nothing feels unsaid. He can, in only a few words, evoke feelings intrinsically understood.”—The Rover
“Young’s ability to create an engrossing world in ten or fifteen pages, one that convincingly constructs a range of characters, is impressive. A seamless flow backward and forward through time, the deft plucking of the right detail, a spare prose that doesn’t read thin, and conversational exchanges that ring true are some of the qualities that allow the stories to achieve their effect.”—Lachlan Murray, The Vancouver Writer’s Fest