The Boy: A Novelby Lara Santoro, Angele Masters
Once a free spirit who refused to be tied down, Anna is a 40something single mother trying to put her life together after a bitter divorce. She crosses paths with a 20yearold neighbor who could not be more wrong for her—and her life suddenly has a new focus. She is drawn to his youth, his easy grace, and his freedom from the constraints
Once a free spirit who refused to be tied down, Anna is a 40something single mother trying to put her life together after a bitter divorce. She crosses paths with a 20yearold neighbor who could not be more wrong for her—and her life suddenly has a new focus. She is drawn to his youth, his easy grace, and his freedom from the constraints that rule her existence. Though she resists temptation in every way she can, Anna is soon engaged in a reckless and obsessive affair. The consequences are life changing.
Provocative, headlong, and utterly compelling, The Boy is the story of a woman on the edge, torn between love and lust, desire and duty. Lara Santoro writes in fierce, unflinching prose about the dark side of passion, motherhood, and a woman’s unthinkable rebellion.
author of Room
author of The Almost Moon
author of Some Assembly Required
author of Winter's Bone
author of The Great Man
The Boy unfolds with terse, impressionistic rapidity-like a spare, brutalist modern fairy tale....You can't turn away." -Ben Dickinson, Elle "
I read it in one go, with my heart in my mouth. Witty, compulsive, sensuous, and brutally honest about the price of motherhood."
Emma Donoghue, author of Room"
Lara Santoro's The Boy is both a swift and seductive novel. To experience such brutal beauty is why I read fiction."Alice Sebold, author of The Almost Moon"
I read this novel in one sitting and was mesmerized, addicted, charmed, jealous. The Boy is gorgeous, fiercely intelligent, deeply honest, and incredibly entertaining."Anne Lamott, author of Some Assembly Required"
The Boy is beautifully written, beguiling in its fashion, hypnotic and swiftly paced. Lara Santoro tells a morally complicated and edgy story and doesn't retreat, but stays true to her music. The word brave comes to mind, as does masterful."Daniel Woodrell, author of Winter's Bone"
Lara Santoro is a brilliant novelist whose vision is fierce and unsparingly clear. The Boy is a beautiful, brutally sensuous novel."Kate Christensen, author of The Great Man"
Lara Santoro drills deep down, to the maelstrom of desire and despair that we cover up with the stories we tell ourselves. Unflinching and passionate, fierce and tender, The Boy is both a love story between parents and children, and a coming-of-age story for all women who are old enough to know better. It broke my heart."Allegra Huston, author of Love Child
author of Love Child
Verdict Santoro’s lyric language balances the gritty reality of confused lives and fleshes out the question: How many chances should any of us get to get relationships right?Jan Blodgett, Davidson Coll. Lib., NC(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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—Allegra Huston (author of Love Child: A Memoir of Family Lost and Found)
—Emma Donoghue (author of Room)
—Daniel Woodrell (author of Winter's Bone)
—Kate Christensen (author of The Great Man)
Meet the Author
Lara Santoro spent most of her career as a foreign news correspondent, based primarily in Rome and in Nairobi working for Newsweek and the Christian Science Monitor. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Comparative Literature from Smith College, a Master's degree in French Literature from the Sorbonne, and a Master's in Fine Arts from New York University. She was born in Rome, and currently lives in New Mexico. She is the author of one previous novel, Mercy.
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Barely into three chapters and this book is boorrrrringggg! It is nothing like I thought it would be, based on reviews of the book itself as well as accolades about the author. I doubt I will finish reading the book. Very disappointing! With other hot books on the market.....gray (hint hint) I cannot comprehend why Ms. Santoro named her character Anna!
This book was incredibly sad. Anna the main character is incredibly selfish and it was hard to relate to her actions. Yet I must admit this book was a quick read and entertaining enough to keep going, to find out how it ends. It is no fairytale though and I am thankful I checked it out at the library instead of purchasing it.
Disappointing. It was a quick read and entertaining but it could have been so much more.
Not an easy book. Rather: a thought-provoking book, an honest book, a gripping book.