A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice and an Amazon Best Book of 2017.
The three of them—a twelve-year-old boy, his older brother, their father—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.
Daniel Magariel is an author and writer from Kansas City. His work has appeared in Granta, Lit Hub, Salt Hill, Stop Smiling, Issue Magazine, among other publications. One of the Boys, his first novel, was translated into eight languages and was shortlisted for the Lucien Barrière Prize. He has a BA from Columbia University, as well as an MFA from Syracuse University, where he was a Cornelia Carhart Fellow. He currently teaches at Columbia University.