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Join us live and in person on Wednesday, August 10 at 7 PM as Katie Hafner discusses her new novel, The Boys. She will be joined in conversation by Debra Immergut, author of You Again.
"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.
A tour-de-force novel about love, the yearning for connection, and the ways in which childhood trauma plays out in adult life.When introverted Ethan Fawcett marries Barb, he has every reason to believe he will be delivered from a lifetime of solitude. One day Barb brings home two young brothers, Tommy and Sam, for them to foster, and when the pandemic hits, Ethan becomes obsessed with providing a perfect life for the boys. Instead of bringing Barb and Ethan closer together, though, 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--and what it will take for Ethan to repair his marriage. This hauntingly beautiful debut novel--a bold and original high-wire feat--is filled with humor and surprise.
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.
Debra Jo Immergut is the author of You Again (Ecco/HarperCollins), a New York Times Best of 2020 and a finalist for the 2021 Gotham Book Prize. Her 2018 novel The Captives (Ecco/HarperCollins) was nominated for an Edgar Award for Best Debut Novel and published in over a dozen countries worldwide. She has also published a collection of short fiction, Private Property (Random House). Her essays and stories have appeared in American Short Fiction, Narrative, The New York Times, PANK, and Hobart, among others. She is a recipient of Michener and MacDowell fellowships and was nominated for the 2021 Joyce Carol Oates Literary Prize. She has an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and lives in western Massachusetts. More at debrajoimmergut.com
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