Praise for Lara Santoro and THE BOY
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"A fierce, short novel...[of] startling power."
—Wall Street Journal
“Lara Santoro’s The Boy unfolds with terse, impressionistic rapidity – like a spare, brutalist modern fairy tale….You can’t turn away…”
“The central conflict, between maternal love and adult desire, is genuine. Even if Anna is damaged, her feelings are heartfelt and her crisis resonates.”
“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 fast paced style aptly conveys Anna’s frenetic downward spiral.”
“I read it in one go, with my heart in my mouth. Witty, compulsive, sensuous, and brutally honest about the price of motherhood.” — Emma Donoghue, author of "Room"
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
"To experience such brutal beauty is the reason I read fiction".
- Alice Sebold, author of The Lovely Bones
“I read this novel in one sitting and was mesmerized, addicted, charmed, jealous. Gorgeous, fiercely intelligent, deeply honest, and incredibly entertaining.” — Anne Lamott, author of "Crooked Little Heart"
"The Boy is a beautiful, brutally sensuous novel.” — Kate Christensen, author of The Great Man