At Home in the World

A Memoir

Joyce Maynard

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New York Times bestselling author of Labor Day with a new preface and now available for the first time in audio

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.

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Praise for At Home in the World

“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


In the Press

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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About the Author

Joyce Maynard

Joyce Maynard’s essays have appeared in magazines and newspapers for five decades. She is the author of four works of nonfiction and nine novels, including To Die For and Labor Day—soon to be released as a major motion picture. Her latest novel, After Her, will be published in August 2013.

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At Home in the World
A Memoir
Joyce Maynard

Unabridged Digital Audio

Unabridged  Digital Audio
Macmillan Audio
September 2013
Unabridged Digital Audio
ISBN: 9781427239259
ISBN10: 1427239258
$26.99

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
Picador
September 2013
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781250046444
ISBN10: 1250046440
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 400 pages, Includes 1 black-and-white frontispiece
$16.00

Trade Paperback

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

e-Book Agency

e-Book Agency
Picador
April 2010
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429977555
ISBN10: 1429977558
352 pages
$9.99
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