At Home in the World (Paperback)
"New York Times" bestselling author of "Labor Day"
""With a New Preface
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 J.D. Salinger, the famously reclusive author of "The Catcher in the Rye, " 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. Reviewers called her book "shameless" and "powerful" and its author was simultaneously reviled and cheered.
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 sense of self 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 is the author of eight previous novels, including To Die For, Labor Day, The Good Daughters, and four books of nonfiction. She lives in California.
“Unsparing self-scrutiny...maturity and emotional candor.”—Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
“Absorbing, funny, and emotionally blistering.”—Jules Siegel, San Francisco Chronicle
“A wry, painful, engaging book.”—Frank McCourt, author of Angela’s Ashes
“Maynard’s testimony is priceless.”—Mary Cantwell, Vogue
“Riveting and disturbing.”—The New York Times Book Review
“Even Salinger loyalists may feel compelled to reexamine their idol.”—Glamour
“Dazzling.”—San Francisco Chronicle