The Boy: A Novel

The Boy: A Novel

by Lara Santoro


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"Gorgeous, fiercely intelligent, deeply honest, and incredibly entertaining." —Anne Lamott

Anna has always been a risk-taker and a free spirit, but now she is raising a young daughter on her own and she has to play it safe. Her twenty-something neighbor with the slow, easy smile is in no way part of Anna's plans. She resists temptation in every way she can, yet Anna is soon drawn into a reckless and obsessive affair.

Provocative, headlong, and utterly compelling, THE BOY is the story of a woman on the edge, torn between love and compulsion, desire and duty. Lara Santoro writes in "hypnotic and swiftly paced" prose (Daniel Woodrell) about the hazards of passion and motherhood and about one woman's unthinkable rebellion.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316206242
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 01/28/2014
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.80(d)

About the Author

Lara Santoro spent most of her career as a foreign news correspondent, based primarily in Rome and in Nairobi working for Newsweek and the Christian Science Monitor. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Comparative Literature from Smith College, a Master's degree in French Literature from the Sorbonne, and a Master's in Fine Arts from New York University. She was born in Rome, and currently lives in New Mexico. She is the author of one previous novel, Mercy.

What People are Saying About This

Allegra Huston

Lara Santoro drills deep down, to the maelstrom of desire and despair that we cover up with the stories we tell ourselves. Unflinching and passionate, fierce and tender, The Boy is both a love story between parents and children, and a coming-of-age story for all women who are old enough to know better. It broke my heart.
—Allegra Huston (author of Love Child: A Memoir of Family Lost and Found)

Emma Donoghue

I read it in one go, with my heart in my mouth. Witty, compulsive, sensuous, and brutally honest about the price of motherhood.
—Emma Donoghue (author of Room)

Daniel Woodrell

The Boy is beautifully written, beguiling in its fashion, hypnotic and swiftly paced. Lara Santoro tells a morally complicated and edgy story and doesn't retreat, but stays true to her music. The word brave comes to mind, as does masterful.
—Daniel Woodrell (author of Winter's Bone)

Anne Lamott

I read this novel in one sitting and was mesmerized, addicted, charmed, jealous. Gorgeous, fiercely intelligent, deeply honest, and incredibly entertaining.
—Anne Lamott

Alice Sebold

Lara Santoro's The Boy is both a swift and seductive novel. To experience such brutal beauty is why I read fiction.
—Alice Sebold

Kate Christensen

Lara Santoro is a brilliant novelist whose vision is fierce and unsparingly clear. The Boy is a beautiful, brutally sensuous novel.
—Kate Christensen (author of The Great Man)

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The Boy: A Novel 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Barely into three chapters and this book is boorrrrringggg! It is nothing like I thought it would be, based on reviews of the book itself as well as accolades about the author. I doubt I will finish reading the book. Very disappointing! With other hot books on the market.....gray (hint hint) I cannot comprehend why Ms. Santoro named her character Anna!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was incredibly sad. Anna the main character is incredibly selfish and it was hard to relate to her actions. Yet I must admit this book was a quick read and entertaining enough to keep going, to find out how it ends. It is no fairytale though and I am thankful I checked it out at the library instead of purchasing it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Disappointing.  It was a quick read and entertaining but it could have been so much more. 
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LastMountain More than 1 year ago
Not an easy book. Rather: a thought-provoking book, an honest book, a gripping book.