At Home in the World: A Memoir
New York Times bestselling author of Labor Day
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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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Eye_Gee - LibraryThing
I have to give this memoir 4 stars because I could hardly put it down once I started it. The fact that the author's life was a train wreck, and that I felt like a voyeur reading it at times, takes ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Y2Ash - LibraryThing
At Home in the World is a brutally honest memoir by Joyce Maynard. She describes her early life with highly accomplished parents; her father was an alcoholic and her mother a housewife. Both wanted to ... Read full review