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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (210 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lara Santoro Narrator: Ang¿le Masters, Angèle Masters Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2013 ISBN: 9781619699755
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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.”

    Elle

  • “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.”

    Booklist

  • “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

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annie | 2/19/2014

    " Saw this at work today - doesn't come out until the 15th but it looked so fun - so I read it on my lunch break! Very messed up chick!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 2/19/2014

    " Many times I found myself laughing outloud. The brutal honesty in this book is refreshing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bertha Leal | 2/11/2014

    " We first step into Anna's world during her initial infatuation with a boy 20 years her junior. As the story unfolds we are allowed glimpses into her self-destructive personality and how it affects her relationships, especially with her 8 year old daughter Eva. Lara Santoro's writing is beautiful, succinct, and unrelenting. "The Boy" is the kind of book that continues to haunt you well past the final chapter. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cristina | 2/3/2014

    " This book was so lame. I bought this book because I read it on Glo and they made it sound great but it wasnt. I didnt like how 'the boy'had complete control of the situation and she just went along with it like she had no choice in the matter.I couldnt read another sentence of her daughter wining or her being a complete pushover. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lesley Green | 1/30/2014

    " This was more about the dysfunctional life of this middle age woman and her daughter then "the boy". So I thought it was mistitled. Fast read as only 180 pages! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Wendy Lorenzo | 1/19/2014

    " I feel like so much more could have been done with this book. I can't believe all the rave reviews. I was quite disappointed. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Erika | 1/18/2014

    " I don't know what I was expecting but this wasn't it. Anna is such a selfish, unlikable character and never owns up to any of her faults. I would have liked to see more of her relationship with "the boy" who seemed to have such an impact on her. This one was just not for me. It was a quick read though. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Donna J | 1/14/2014

    " This book left me with a bad feeling which, I suppose is something. The main character is not likable. She is focused on her own needs to the exclusion of everyone else's. Her relationship with her daughter was also disturbing but consistent with her character. I felt like the last quarter of the book was rather forced and contrived. Overall it was just okay, a bit disappointing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle Wilson | 1/11/2014

    " I definitely wasn't impressed. This book was extremely slow moving. I must say it did get slightly faster at the end. This book makes and shows us whether you make good or bad choices we can never go back. Think of what's important to you most before you realize you reap what you sow. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Amy Gowans | 1/3/2014

    " Horrible! A complete bore! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christine | 12/27/2013

    " Well written, I was on a roller coaster of emotions, great read "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim | 12/11/2013

    " Great quick compelling read. Made me appreciate my life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Miriam | 10/9/2013

    " Beautiful and heartbreaking. It is a quick read but you won't be able to stop thinking about it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Shannon brown | 9/23/2013

    " Boring. Wished it had been more of a love story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 9/22/2013

    " Not at all what I expected. Very very thought provoking "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jean | 9/14/2013

    " Quick read. Great for traveling. The ending made the book. Ended as it should have. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 6/9/2013

    " I liked this book. It was different. It was written a little weird but a very quick read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Valerieallmighty | 4/24/2013

    " The end gave me the chilllz "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nancy | 4/20/2013

    " Why is this book titled The Boy? It had very little to do with "the boy". This should be titled, The Selfish Mother! I'm sorry, but this was not a good read for me. I truly wasted money on the book, time, and effort. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bonnie | 4/11/2013

    " A disappointment! Picked it from the Oprah book club list for Jan 2013. NO character development, barely a plot, the story seemed to zigzag in all different directions. Gave it 2 stars rather than 1 only because there were some well written passages. "

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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.

About the Narrators

Angéle Masters is an actor and writer, born and raised in a small town in England. She has spent the past twenty years in the southern United States. While most of her background is in theater, she makes an occasional appearance in front of the camera and quite often behind the microphone recording audio books.

Angéle Masters is an actor and writer, born and raised in a small town in England. She has spent the past twenty years in the southern United States. While most of her background is in theater, she makes an occasional appearance in front of the camera and quite often behind the microphone recording audio books.