A Book Group Visit
Katie would be happy to visit your book group when you discuss The Boys. She can Zoom in for 30 minutes and answer any questions you might have.
Katie lives in San Francisco, so if you’re based in the SF Bay Area, she might be able to come in person. Click on the link below to contact her!
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Praise for The Boys:
“Journalist Hafner’s marvelous fiction debut centers on a socially awkward man’s neuroses about fatherhood. While working as the chief technology officer at a startup in Philadelphia, Ethan meets Barb, a University of Pennsylvania grad student, and the two start dating. They soon marry, though Ethan suspects he’s scored out of his league. Having lost his parents at an early age, he also fears becoming a father, but Barb changes his mind, only for them to discover after a year of trying to conceive that Ethan is sterile. They decide to foster two young boys, but when the Covid-19 pandemic hits and Ethan develops an overbearing attachment to them, his relationship with Barb disintegrates. She leaves him and he takes the boys on a bike trip to Italy, where a jaw-dropping twist ensues. Starting out as a lighthearted romance before taking an unsettling turn, this upsets expectations in the best way. The heartbreaking late reveal will take a second reading to fully sink in and pushes the troubled marriage genre to dizzying extremes. It’s a remarkable outing, and readers will look forward to seeing what Hafner does next. “
“Tender and emotionally intelligent…An audacious feat of narrative bravado.”
– Maria Semple, author of Where’d You Go, Bernadette?
“The Boys is utterly charming — one of the most delightful books I have read in ages. As we bike through Italy’s little villages with introvert Ethan Fawcett, stopping to drink a caffè shakerato as church bells ring in a mournful E flat, what we see around us is the wide and beautiful horizon of the human heart. I absolutely loved this little miracle of a book.”
— Meg Waite Clayton, New York Times bestselling author of The Postmistress of Paris
“Unexpectedly funny, touching, disarming — The Boys got under my skin from the very first page. Hafner is a wry and wise explorer of the secrets buried deep in our most intimate relationships. This novel will stay with me for a long time.”
— Laura Zigman, author of Separation Anxiety
“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
“This a treat-yourself read, the tale of an endearing human on a hilariously misguided quest for love and connection, in the delight-filled tradition of Anne Tyler. But Hafner bakes a surprise into the center of her confection — a glorious, mind-blowing twist that propels the story to unexpected heights and depths. With exquisite compassion and humor, this novel leaves its readers deeply nourished, heart, mind, and soul.”
— Debra Jo Immergut, Author of You Again