The Boys: A Novel

The Boys: A Novel

by Katie Hafner
The Boys: A Novel

The Boys: A Novel

by Katie Hafner


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“Hafner’s taut and utterly delightful debut is a novel of multitudes…. What a wonder of storytelling.”Weike Wang, New York Times

New York Times Editor’s Choice | Good Morning America Reading Pick | LitHub Most Anticipated Book | Christian Science Monitor Summer Reading Pick

A delicious summer read filled with humor and surprise for readers of Anne Tyler and Kevin Wilson.

When introverted Ethan Fawcett marries fun-loving Barb, so comfortable in the world, 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. To ease Ethan’s fears of becoming a father, Barb suggests they foster two young brothers, Tommy and Sam, and Ethan immediately falls in love with the 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 boys are.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781954118348
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
Publication date: 05/02/2023
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 258,912
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

Katie Hafner is a journalist and author who writes frequently for The 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 PianoWhere 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 ScienceThe Boys is her first novel. She lives in San Francisco.
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