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These Boys
Their Fathers

"An absolute knockout of a memoir."

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

"Wide-ranging in its quest for understanding, These Boys and Their Fathers offers an emphatic record of the scars of abandonment."

The Boston Globe

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

"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

"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.


The Saints of Rattlesnake Mountain


Desert Gothic

My Books

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Creighton University

University of Portland

Northwest Author Series

Sundance Bookstore, Reno

Collected Works Bookstore, Santa Fe

Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association

Vegas Valley Book Festival

Wordstock Book Festival, Portland

Prairie Lights Bookstore, Iowa City

Iowa City Book Festival

Lewis and Clark College

Univ. of Nevada | Nevada Writers Hall of Fame

Loggernaut Reading Series

Literary Arts Pub Crawl, Portland

Williams College

Marfa Book Company

Denver AWP Conference

Chicago AWP Conference

San Francisco State University

Denison University

Wabash College

Earlham College

College of Wooster

Kenyon College

Hope College

New Mexico State University

Sewanee Writers’ Conference

Harwood Museum of Art

Garcia Street Books, Santa Fe 

Black Oak Books, Berkeley, CA

City Lights Bookstore, San Francisco

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