• The Boys

  • A Novel
  • By: Katie Hafner
  • Narrated by: BJ Harrison
  • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (6 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

"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.

©2022 Katie Hafner (P)2022 Spiegel & Grau by OrangeSky Audio

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I so enjoyed the beginning of the story that when the twist arrived, I was put off at first. But I pushed on and soon realized that the quiet precision of the writing was unchanged. The characters are drawn with an illuminating softness, like an Edward Hopper painting or a comfortable old t-shirt. I thoroughly enjoyed it.