Event date: 
Friday, July 15, 2022 - 6:00pm
Featured Book: 
The Boys


Copperfield's Books welcomes Katie Hafner in conversation with Elizabeth Stark for an evening celebration of her newest book The Boys.

The discussion will be followed by a Q&A and a book signing. This is a free event.

Masks required for in-store events.

A tour-de-force novel about love, the yearning for connection, and the ways in which childhood trauma plays out in adult life.

When introverted Ethan Fawcett marries Barb, he has every reason to believe he will be delivered from a lifetime of solitude. One day Barb brings home two young brothers, Tommy and Sam, for them to foster, and when the pandemic hits, Ethan becomes obsessed with providing a perfect life for the boys. Instead of bringing Barb and Ethan closer together, though, the boys become a wedge in their relationship, as Ethan is unable to share with Barb a secret that has been haunting him since childhood. Then Ethan takes Tommy and Sam on a biking trip in Italy, and it becomes clear just how unusual Ethan and his children are--and what it will take for Ethan to repair his marriage. This hauntingly beautiful debut novel--a bold and original high-wire feat--is filled with humor and surprise.  

A brilliant, thoughtful novel that comes with perhaps the greatest shocker in recent literature (no spoiler alert). A superb meditation on loneliness and community."--Gary Shteyngart, New York Times bestselling author of Our Country Friends

"Remarkable .... Starting out as a lighthearted romance before taking an unsettling turn, The Boys upends expectations in the best way." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)


Katie Hafner is a journalist and author who writes frequently for The New York Times and The Washington Post.  She is the author of six non-fiction books, including Mother Daughter Me, a memoir; A Romance on Three Legs: Glenn Gould’s Obsessive Quest for the Perfect Piano; and Where Wizards Stay Up Late: The Origins of the Internet (with Matthew Lyon). She is the host and co-executive producer of the popular podcast Lost Women of ScienceThe Boys is her first novel. She lives in San Francisco with her husband, Bob.

Elizabeth Stark co-directs and teaches at BookWritingWorld.com and SonomaCountyWritersCamp.com, hosts Story Makers Podcast (StoryMakersShow.com), and is the author of the novel Shy Girl (FSG, Seal Press), finalist for the Ferro-Grumely and Lambda Literary Awards. A feature film she produced, Lost in the Middle, won Best Feature at the 2019 Broad Humor Film Festival and was a Festival Favorite at Cinema Diverse in Palm Springs. Two of her short films are distributed by Frameline.

Event Location: 
Copperfield's Books - Petaluma
140 Kentucky St
Petaluma, CA 94952
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ISBN: 9781954118058
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Spiegel & Grau - July 26th, 2022

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