At Home in the World

At Home in the World

A Memoir

Book - 1998
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In the spring of 1972, Joyce Maynard, a freshman at Yale, published a cover story in The New York Times Magazine about life in the sixties. Among the many letters of praise, offers for writing assignments, and request for interviews was a one-page letter from the famously reclusive author, J.D. Salinger. Don't Go Away Sad is the story of a girl who loved and lived with J.D. Salinger, and the woman she became. A crucial turning point in Joyce Maynard's life occurred when her own daughter turned eighteen - the age Maynard was when Salinger first approached her. Breaking a twenty-five year silence, Joyce Maynard addresses her relationship with Salinger for the first time, as well as the complicated , troubled and yet creative nature of her youth and family. She vividly describes the details of the times and her life with the finesse of a natural storyteller.Courageously written by a women determined to allow her life to unfold with authenticity, Don't Go Away Sad is a testament to the resiliency of the spirit and the honesty of an unwavering eye.
Publisher: New York : Picador USA, 1998.
Edition: First Picador USA edition
ISBN: 9780312195564
Characteristics: xiii, 347 pages :,portraits ;,25 cm.


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Sep 29, 2019

A riveting read! I wonder if others picked up on the clues Maynard scatters tbroughtout the book regarding Salinger’s predilection for young, very young girls. Reminiscent of the Epstein saga, except that Epstein attracted teenagers with expensive shopping trips, and Salinger enticed them with words.

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