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At Home in the World: A Memoir (Paperback)

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Marking her 40th year as an author and containing a new preface, Maynard’s sensational memoir is haunting and beautiful. Detailing an intense childhood spent writing to please her parents, her one fateful year with Salinger, the birth of her children and the end of her marriage, Maynard’s ups and downs will have you on tenterhooks. Fascinating!

— Adriana

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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 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.

Praise For…


“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



Product Details
ISBN: 9781250046444
ISBN-10: 1250046440
Publisher: Picador
Publication Date: September 3rd, 2013
Pages: 400
Language: English