The Sleepy Hollow Family Almanac

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Algonquin Books, Mar 20, 2012 - Fiction - 336 pages
28 Reviews
In the spirit of novels by Nick Hornby and Tom Perrotta, a smart, funny debut about a disillusioned young man whose fledgling leap from postadolescence to adulthood lands him back in an already overburdened family nest.

Calvin Moretti can’t believe how much his life sucks. He’s a twenty-four-year-old film school dropout living at home again and working as an assistant teacher at a preschool for autistic kids. His insufferable go-getter older brother is also living at home, as is his kid sister, who’s still in high school and has just confided to Cal that she’s pregnant. What’s more, Calvin’s father, a career pilot, is temporarily grounded and obsessed with his own mortality. and his ever-stalwart mother is now crumbling under the pressure of mounting bills and the imminent loss of their Sleepy Hollow, New York, home: the only thing keeping the Morettis moored. Can things get worse? Oh, yes, they can.

Which makes it all the more amazing that The Sleepy Hollow Family Almanac is not only buoyantly fun but often very, very funny. In this debut novel, Kris D’Agostino has crafted an engrossing contemporary tale of a loopy but loving family, and in Calvin Moretti, he’s created an oddball antihero who really wants to do the right thing—if he can just figure out what it is.
 

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Review: The Sleepy Hollow Family Almanac

User Review  - Michael - Goodreads

Calvin Moretti is a graduate school dropout who teaches autistic children. However to make his life bearable, he does not say that he teaches autistic kids but rater he reaches "retarded kids." Hating ... Read full review

Review: The Sleepy Hollow Family Almanac

User Review  - Dan - Goodreads

This first novel is full of poignant and droll moments as its protagonist, Calvin Moretti, tries to try to grow up for the benefit of his tragicomic family. Hope to read more from this author. Read full review

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The Sleepy Hollow Family Almanac
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Algonquin Books Blog
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About the author (2012)

Kris D’Agostino lives in Brooklyn, New York, and works in a preschool. This is his first novel.

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