- Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
- Format: Hardback | 192 pages
- Dimensions: 145mm x 211mm x 20mm | 318g
- Publication date: 28 February 2013
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 0316206237
- ISBN 13: 9780316206235
- Sales rank: 573,691
Once a free spirit who refused to be tied down, Anna is a forty-something 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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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. She is the author of one previous novel, Mercy.
"Brilliant....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." "Autumn Markus, New York Journal of Books""