A novel by Rick Moody published in April of 1994 and adapted to film by director Ang Lee.
The setting is suburbia, 1973, during Nixon's Watergate hearings. The nation is in a state of adolescence, new ways challenging old traditions. This fugue is reflected in 2 families who are going through their own adolescences. The adults, innocently experimenting with swinging, drugs and alcohol, behave like adolescents. The adolescents mirror their parents' behavior through sexual experimentation, drugs and alcohol, and so forth.
The story climaxes with a major ice storm where discoveries are made about themselves and a tragic death that brings them all together.