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One of the Boys: A Novel Hardcover – 14 Mar 2017

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“Feral and tender . . . 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. . . . Magariel’s gripping and heartfelt debut is a blunt reminder that the boldest assertion of manhood is not violence stemming from fear. It is tenderness stemming from compassion.” (The New York Times Book Review)

“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 slim, deeply affecting and brutal story, One of the Boys is about the fierce power of a father-son relationship... what Magariel achieves is a novel that makes readers feel what it would be like to live on high alert all the time; to be at the mercy of a father's addictions, crackpot whims and surges of violence. He also makes us feel what it would be like to still love such a father. The subject of One of the Boys is archetypal, but Magariel's novel depicts it with the power of stark revelation. We cannot turn away." (NPR, Fresh Air)

"Striking... A novel of short, blunt, often powerful sentences... Musical and painterly." (Boston Globe)

"One of the most striking debut novels of the year... one of the most affecting portrayals of the bonds that keep us tied to family... It's [his] compassion and deep understanding of the dynamics of addiction that make Daniel Magariel's slim book an important one."  (Rolling Stone)

"Brilliant, urgent, darkly funny, heartbreaking—a tour de force with startling new things to say about class, masculinity, addiction, and family.  Daniel Magariel is an exciting new presence in American writing." (George Saunders, author of Tenth of December and Lincoln in the Bardo)

"Precise and coiled and urgent. Magariel is able--as few writers can--to say so much in so little. A propulsive and intense debut." (Hanya Yanagihara, author of A Little Life)

"Intense, harrowing and brilliantly written... Brutally honest and lyrically compelling... Shows a mastery of control and a labyrinth of nuance... Stunning." (Providence Journal)

“With a charismatic, macho, drug-addicted dad, the young narrator pays an awful price to be One of the Boys in the riveting debut novel by Daniel Magariel. Move over Great Santini, this patriarch is rendered with such artful love, you'll be haunted by his presence long after you close this graceful and heartbreaking book.” (Mary Karr, author of Lit and The Liar's Club)

"A captivating portrait of a wayward father, brimming with charm and trouble." (Justin Torres, author of We the Animals)

About the Author

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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Product details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner; First Edition edition (14 March 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1501156160
  • ISBN-13: 978-1501156168
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.3 x 21.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,59,240 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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