One of the Boys

By Daniel Magariel
Read by Gibson Frazier

3.50 Hours 03/14/2017 unabridged
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    ISBN: 9781508231127

A riveting and emotionally harrowing debut about two young brothers and their physically and psychologically abusive father. 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 sinister, and the boys find themselves watching their father change, grow erratic, then violent. 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 stunning prose and chilling clarity a young boy’s struggle to hold onto the dangerous pieces of his shattered family. Harrowing and beautiful, Daniel Magariel’s masterful debut is a story of survival: two foxhole-weary brothers banding together to protect each other from the father they once trusted but no longer recognize. With the emotional core of A Little Life and the compact power of We the Animals, One of the Boys is among the most moving and remarkable debut novels you’ll ever read.

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Summary

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New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice

Amazon Best Book of the Month

A riveting and emotionally harrowing debut about two young brothers and their physically and psychologically abusive father.

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 sinister, and the boys find themselves watching their father change, grow erratic, then violent.

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 stunning prose and chilling clarity a young boy’s struggle to hold onto the dangerous pieces of his shattered family. Harrowing and beautiful, Daniel Magariel’s masterful debut is a story of survival: two foxhole-weary brothers banding together to protect each other from the father they once trusted but no longer recognize.

With the emotional core of A Little Life and the compact power of We the Animals, One of the Boys is among the most moving and remarkable debut novels you’ll ever read.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A knockout debut…A shimmering, heartbreaking portrait of children fiercely devoted to a damaged parent and of the intense sibling bond that helps them through.” People
“A gorgeously tight tale swelling with wisdom about the self-destructive longing for paternal approval and the devastating consequences of clinging to rotten models of masculinity.” New York Times Book Review
“One of the most affecting portrayals of the bonds that keep us tied to family…[with] compassion and deep understanding of the dynamics of addiction.” Rolling Stone
“A harrowing story of guilt and betrayal tempered by flashes of absurdity and grace that left me deeply grateful for the journey.” Amazon.com
“Narrator Gibson Frazier’s pensive tone conveys a subtly tragic atmosphere that fits the somber events…Llisteners will be anchored by Frazier’s performance. He unflinchingly conveys the story’s most difficult passages while finding the right level of thoughtful nuance.” AudioFile

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Author Bio: Daniel Magariel

Daniel Magariel is a fiction writer from Kansas City. He has a BA from Columbia University, as well as an MFA from Syracuse University, where he was a Cornelia Carhart Fellow.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction/Humor
Runtime: 3.50
Audience: Adult
Language: English