When it was first published in 1998, At Home in the World set off a furor in the literary world and beyond. Joyce Maynard's memoir broke a silence concerning her relationship--at age eighteen--with the famously reclusive author J.D. Salinger, then age fifty-three, who had read a story she wrote for The New York Times in her freshman year of college and sent her a letter that changed her life.
With what some have viewed as shocking honesty, Maynard explores her coming of age in an alcoholic family, her mother's dream to mold her into a writer, her self-imposed exile from the world of her peers when she left Yale to live with Salinger, and her struggle to reclaim her self of sense in the crushing aftermath of his dismissal of her not long after her nineteenth birthday. A quarter of a century later--having become a writer, survived the end of her marriage and the deaths of her parents, and with an eighteen-year-old daughter of her own--Maynard pays a visit to the man who broke her heart. The story she tells--of the girl she was and the woman she became--is at once devastating, inspiring, and triumphant.
About the Author
Joyce Maynard was born and raised in New Hampshire. She is the author of several books, including To Die For, Where Love Goes, Domestic Affairs, Baby Talk, and her memoir Looking Back, which she wrote at the age of eighteen. Joyce Maynard has written for many national publications, including The New York Times Magazine, Parenting and Good Housekeeping. She lives in Mill Valley, California, with her three children.
Praise for At Home in the World: A Memoir…
"Riveting and disturbing."--Katha Pollitt, The New York Times Book Review
"Dazzling. Absorbing, funny, and emotionally blistering."--Jules Siegel, San Francisco Chronicle
"Even Salinger loyalists may feel compelled to reexamine their idol."--Sara Nelson, Glamour
"Unsparing self-scrutiny. . .Maturity and emotional candor."--Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
"A wry, painful, engaging book."--Frank McCourt, author of Angela's Ashes
"Maynard's testimony is priceless."--Mary Cantwell, Vogue