The Boyfriend

  • Author Laura Southgate
  • Narrator Natalie Beran
  • Publisher Little, Brown Book Group
  • Run Time 6 hours and 22 minutes
  • Format Audio
  • Genre Fiction: general and literary.

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What to expect

Winner of the Adam Foundation Prize

Erica is 17 and in her last year of high school. Donny is 42 and everywhere – in her yoga class, at German Club, in her parents’ spare room . . .

The story of a young woman who finds herself subject to the gravitational field of a charismatic man, The Boyfriend is a cautionary tale about blindly accepting traditional ‘love’ narratives.

This clear-eyed, dismaying and often hilarious examination of sexual desire, trauma and growth is a remarkable debut and a perfect novel for our time.

Critics Review

  • Darkly funny and frequently uncomfortable, Southgate’s debut novel tracks the “relationship” between teenager Erica and fortysomething Donny

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  • This wonderful debut is undeniably relatable to all . . . A cautionary tale, but also a remarkable expression of sexual desire and the human capacity for healing and growth. An insightful novel


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