These Boys
Their Fathers

"An absolute knockout of a memoir... one of the wisest, most searching explorations of an individual life I have ever encountered, one whose humanity and heart offer universal appeal."

Ben Fountain, author of Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk

"Heartbreaking, ambiguous, funny and wise, These Boys and Their Fathers is the book so many of us have been waiting for."

Andrew Sean Greer, author of Less

These Boys and Their Fathers

"These Boys and Their Fathers blends memoir, reportage and fiction in a disquieting yet absorbing, bare-it-all plunge into manhood, family and fatherhood."

The Oregonian

"An extraordinarily powerful, moving, and urgent exploration of the crossroads between masculinity, paternity, fantasy, 'truth,' and howling sadness."

David Shields, author of Reality Hunger


Don Waters is the author of the memoir These Boys and Their Fathers, a novel, Sunland, and two short story collections, The Saints of Rattlesnake Mountain and Desert Gothic, which won the Iowa Short Fiction Award. His fiction has been widely published and anthologized in the Pushcart PrizeBest of the West, and New Stories from the Southwest.

A frequent contributor to the San Francisco Chronicle, he’s written for the New York Times Book ReviewOutsideThe BelieverTin House, and Slate, among other publications. Waters is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and teaches at Lewis & Clark College.

He lives in Portland, Oregon with his partner, the writer Robin Romm, and their daughters.


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