One of the Boys: A Novel

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Simon and Schuster, Mar 14, 2017 - Fiction - 176 pages
8 Reviews
A “gripping and heartfelt” (The New York Times Book Review) story about two young brothers contending with the love they have for their abusive father, One of the Boys is “one of the most striking debut novels of the year” (Rolling Stone).

The three of them—a twelve-year-old boy, his older brother, their father—have won the war: the father’s term for his bitter divorce and custody battle. They leave their Kansas home and drive through the night to Albuquerque, eager to begin again, united by the thrilling possibility of carving out a new life together. The boys go to school, join basketball teams, make friends. Meanwhile their father works from home, smoking cheap cigars to hide another smell. But soon the little missteps—the dead-eyed absentmindedness, the late night noises, the comings and goings of increasingly odd characters—become worrisome, and the boys find themselves watching their father change, grow erratic, then dangerous.

Set in the sublimely stark landscape of suburban New Mexico and a cramped apartment shut tight to the world, One of the Boys conveys with propulsive prose and extraordinary compassion a young boy’s struggle to hold onto the pieces of his shattered family. Tender, moving and beautiful, Daniel Magariel’s debut is a masterful story of resilience and survival. With the emotional core of A Little Life and the speed of We the Animals, it is “A knockout...A shimmering, heartbreaking portrait of children fiercely devoted to a damaged parent and of the intense sibling bond that helps them through” (People).
 

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User Review  - froxgirl - LibraryThing

One of the saddest reads on family violence ever, with a tiny glimmer of hope at the end. Told by a twelve year old boy, he and his older brother are taken from Kansas to New Mexico by their father ... Read full review

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User Review  - veeshee - LibraryThing

This is a hard novel to read, and if there is anyone who finds it difficult to read about child abuse, don't go for this novel. That being said, this is a very moving novel. The author really shows ... Read full review

Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
9
Section 3
11
Section 4
21
Section 5
35
Section 6
37
Section 7
51
Section 8
53
Section 12
106
Section 13
107
Section 14
127
Section 15
129
Section 16
155
Section 17
157
Section 18
167
Section 19
171

Section 9
67
Section 10
83
Section 11
97
Section 20
173
Section 21
177
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Daniel Magariel is an author from Kansas City. His work has appeared in Granta, Lit Hub, Salt Hill, Stop Smiling, and Issue Magazine, among others. One of the Boys, his first novel, was a New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice and Amazon Best Book of 2017, and was published in twelve countries. He has a BA from Columbia University, as well as an MFA from Syracuse University, where he was a Cornelia Carhart Fellow. He currently lives in New York with his wife. Visit him at DanielMagariel.com.

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