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Once a free spirit who refused to be tied down, Anna is a fortysomething single mother trying to put her life together after a bitter divorce. She crosses paths with a twenty-year-old neighbor who could not be more wrong for her—and her life suddenly has a new focus.

She is drawn to his youth, his easy grace, and his freedom from the constraints that rule her existence. Though she resists temptation in every way she can, Anna is soon engaged in a reckless and obsessive affair. The consequences are life changing.

Provocative, headlong, and utterly compelling, The Boy is the story of a woman on the edge, torn between love and lust, desire and duty. Lara Santoro writes in fierce, unflinching prose about the dark side of passion, motherhood, and a woman’s unthinkable rebellion.
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Quotes & Awards

  • “A swift and seductive novel. To experience such brutal beauty is why I read fiction.”

    Alice Sebold, New York Times bestselling author of The Lovely Bones

  • “I read this novel in one sitting and was mesmerized, addicted, charmed, jealous. The Boy is gorgeous, fiercely intelligent, deeply honest, and incredibly entertaining.”

    Anne Lamott, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Witty, compulsive, sensuous, and brutally honest about the price of motherhood.”

    Emma Donoghue, New York Times bestselling author of Room

  • “A beautiful, brutally sensuous novel.”

    Kate Christensen, New York Times bestselling author of The Great Man

  • “Lara Santoro’s The Boy unfolds with terse, impressionistic rapidity—like a spare, brutalist modern fairy tale…You can’t turn away.”


  • “It takes a special kind of writer to pursue the development of a character like Anna...Lara Santoro had to realize that her character was nearly as despicable as Humbert Humbert in Lolita, yet she forges ahead in this starkly brilliant book, letting the character be who she is without apology and without the usual redemption scenes...Ms. Santoro has crafted a book just as fascinating [as Junot Diaz’s This Is How You Lose Her], twice as stark, and simply unforgettable.”

    New York Journal of Books

  • “Santoro’s writing is lyrical.”

    RT Book Reviews

  • “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

  • 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

  • “Emotionally intense.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Santoro’s fast paced style aptly conveys Anna’s frenetic downward spiral.”


  • “The central conflict, between maternal love and adult desire, is genuine. Even if Anna is damaged, her feelings are heartfelt and her crisis resonates.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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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.