At Home in the World

A Memoir

Joyce Maynard; With a New Afterword by the Author

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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.

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Chapter One


THE HOUSE WHERE I grew up, in Durham, New Hampshire, is the only one on the street with a fence surrounding it. That fit. Our family—my mother, my father, my older sister, Rona, and I—never belonged in that town. Or anywhere else, it seemed to me, but in that house, with one another, like a country unto ourselves, a tiny principality with a population of four. Arguably three, since my sister tried to remove herself as much as possible.There was a phrase we used in our family: “one of us.” We didn’t use it often, but what it meant was that we’d

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Praise for At Home in the World

"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

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Author Joyce Maynard talks of 'deeply painful' time with Salinger - latimes.com
Joyce Maynard was intrigued when filmmaker Shane Salerno first came calling with his interest in interviewing her for his documentary on J.D. Salinger. Naturally, Maynard was cautious considering she is a well-regarded author of eight novels and a series of memoirs yet is still probably best known for her relationship with Salinger, which she documented in her 1998 memoir, "At Home in the World."
- Los Angeles Times

Was Salinger Too Pure for This World? - NYTimes.com
Does genius justify exploitative, predatory behavior?
- The New York Times


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Joyce Maynard; With a New Afterword by 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.

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At Home in the World
A Memoir
Joyce Maynard; With a New Afterword by the Author

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Picador
October 1999
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ISBN: 9780312202293
ISBN10: 0312202296
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 384 pages
$16.00

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September 2013
Unabridged Digital Audio
ISBN: 9781427239259
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September 2013
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ISBN: 9781250046444
ISBN10: 1250046440
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 400 pages, Includes 1 black-and-white frontispiece
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April 2010
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