Author Visit: Katie Hafner, The Boys (2022)

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Katie Hafter will discuss her debut novel, The Boys (2022), in conversation with Elyse Mall Klayman. The Boys is about the yearning for love and connection and the ways childhood trauma plays out in adult life. When introverted Ethan Fawcett, a computer programmer, marries the vivacious Barb, he has every reason to believe he will be delivered from a lifetime of solitude. One day, Barb brings home twin Russian orphans, Tommy and Sam, to foster parent. When the pandemic hits, Ethan becomes obsessed with providing a perfect life for them, Ethan is unable to tell Barb something that has been haunting him since childhood, and the boys become a wedge in Barb and Ethan’s relationship. Ethan takes the boys on a biking trip in Italy and a surprise plot twist sheds light on Ethan’s behavior and what will be required for him and Barb to repair their marriage.

Time will be reserved for audience Q&A.

Thursday, February 16 • 1:00pm-2:15pm • Online • Course 11695 • $25

KATIE HAFNER is a journalist who writes frequently for The New York Times and the Washington Post. She is also 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, and Where Wizards Stay Up Late: The Origins of the Internet (with Matthew Lyon). She is the host and co-executive producer of the popular podcast Lost Women of Science.

ELYSE MALL KLAYMAN spent close to 20 years working in higher education, first at NYU's journalism school, then at NYU Law, where she created and led the communications team. Klayman has written and edited for various magazines and has been freelancing recently for a new publication about the exploding sport of pickleball.

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