Daniel Magariel will discuss his debut novel, One of the Boys, with Alice Moody.
One of the Boys is the story of two young brothers contending with the love they have for their abusive father. The three of them 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 worrisome, and the boys find themselves watching their father change, grow erratic, then dangerous.
People Magazine called it “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.”
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. He has lived in Kansas, Missouri, New Mexico, Florida, Colorado, and Hawaii. He currently lives in New York with his wife.
Alice Moody is a high school English teacher who has taught in Redding, CT, San Francisco, CA, and most recently in Lake Forest, IL. For several years she was a writing instructor for New Trier Extension. Currently, she runs her popular writing workshops independently through the Book Stall in Winnetka, IL. Alice is the founder of Next Step Consulting, an educational consulting practice for college-aged students.
A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice
A "gripping and heartfelt" (The New York Times Book Review) story about two young brothers contending with the love they have for their abusive father, One of the Boys is a stunning, compact debut by a major new talent.