The Boys (Hardcover)

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Quirky, funny, poignant; an instant satisfying cure for your what to read next literary journey. The characters jump off the page and into your heart and even when you have doubts about what you think you know, you are still surprised by the depth of your involvement with each one of them. I loved the bike ride through the hills and towns of Italy and Hafner's thoughtful look at loneliness, her compassion and instinct for understanding a man temporarily out of sync with the world. — From Gayle's Picks (page 1)

July 2022 Indie Next List

“Sometimes a novel just settles into your heart. Such is the case with The Boys. Sweet, heartbreaking, and completely original, this novel by Katie Hafner is wholly unforgettable.”
— Mary O'Malley, Skylark Bookshop, Columbia, MO


"A brilliant, thoughtful novel that comes with perhaps the greatest shocker in recent literature (no spoiler alert). A superb meditation on loneliness and community."--Gary Shteyngart, New York Times bestselling author of Our Country Friends"Remarkable .... Starting out as a lighthearted romance before taking an unsettling turn, The Boys] upends expectations in the best way."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)A delicious and smart summer read filled with humor and surprise.
When introverted Ethan Fawcett marries Barb, he has every reason to believe he will be delivered from a lifetime of solitude. She fills his world with a sense of adventure, expanding his horizons beyond his comfortable routine. Because Ethan fears becoming a father, one day Barb brings home two young brothers, Tommy and Sam, for them to foster, and Ethan immediately falls in love with the two boys. When the pandemic hits, he becomes obsessed with providing a perfect life for them. But instead of bringing Barb and Ethan closer together, the boys become a wedge in their relationship, as Ethan is unable to share with Barb a secret that has been haunting him since childhood. Then Ethan takes Tommy and Sam on a biking trip in Italy, and it becomes clear just how unusual Ethan and his children are. This hauntingly beautiful debut novel--a bold and original high-wire feat--is "a treat with a surprise inside" (Publishers Weekly).

About the Author

Katie Hafner is a journalist and author who writes frequently forThe New York Times and The Washington Post. She is the author of six non-fiction books including Mother Daughter Me, a memoir; A Romance on Three Legs: Glenn Gould's Obsessive Quest for the Perfect Piano; Where Wizards Stay Up Late: The Origins of the Internet (with Matthew Lyon). She is host and co-executive producer of the popular podcast, Lost Women of Science. The Boys is her first novel. She lives in San Francisco.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781954118058
ISBN-10: 1954118058
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
Publication Date: July 26th, 2022
Pages: 256
Language: English