Author Katie Hafner talks to Authorlink’s Anna Roins about her debut novel, THE BOYS.
There’s a lot to love in this book—every corner of it is filled with clever invention and loopy charm of the Kevin Wilson variety, and suspense is created by a growing pile of unanswered questions that will keep you flying through it to the end.” —Kirkus
Katie Hafner was on staff at The New York Times for ten years, where she remains a frequent contributor, writing on healthcare and technology. She has also worked at Newsweek and BusinessWeek and has written for The New York Times Magazine, Esquire, Wired, The New Republic, The Washington Post, and O, The Oprah Magazine. She is the author of five previous works of non-fiction covering a range of topics, including the origins of the Internet, computer hackers, German reunification, and the pianist Glenn Gould.
Katie’s first novel, The Boys, was published in July 2022 and is a charming narrative about love and the yearning for connection. The story follows Ethan Fawcett, an introvert who marries the vivacious Barb. 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. Unfortunately, the introduction of the boys into their household drives a wedge between Ethan and Barb.
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.
“Katie took a risk,” her publisher Cindy Spiegel says.” I never saw anything like this in fiction before.”
Katie tells us what it’s like to be a journalist compared to a novelist, how important it is to have an agent genuinely believe in you, and her wonderful podcasts where she interviews the offspring of one extraordinary mother and another about the lost women of science.
Check out our video interview here!
“Remarkable …. Starting out as a lighthearted romance before taking an unsettling turn…upends expectations in the best way.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
About the Author: Katie Hafner is a technology, health care, and society journalist and author who frequently writes for The 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). In addition, she is the host and co-executive producer of the popular podcast, Lost Women of Science. The Boys is her first novel. She lives in San Francisco.
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