About Katie's New Book, The Boys:

When introverted Ethan Fawcett marries the vivacious 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 them. Instead of bringing Barb and Ethan closer, though, the boys become a wedge in their relationship, as Ethan is unable to tell Barb something that has been haunting him since childhood. 
Ethan takes the boys 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 wise and compassionate debut novel is a bold high-wire feat – and the introduction of an exciting and daring new voice in fiction.
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Advance Praise for The Boys:

“Tender and emotionally intelligent…An audacious feat of narrative bravado.”

– Maria Semple, author of Where’d You Go, Bernadette?

This is 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

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What’s with Those Boys? Katie Hafner Is Asking.

Publishers WeeklyKatie Hafner, a seasoned journalist and the author of six nonfiction books, tells me she gave up on writing a novel when, as a young girl, she read Sylvia Plath’s Letters Home. “I thought, I could never do this. But I’ve mellowed and am not so harsh with myself. Maybe I’m not Sylvia Plath, but I can still do it.”

And she has, brilliantly: her debut novel, The Boys, is forthcoming in July from the revamped Spiegel & Grau, which launched as an independent publisher in December 2020 after being a longtime Penguin Random House imprint. It’s Spiegel & Grau’s first acquired novel and the first one it’s publishing.