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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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Quotes & Awards

  • “A wry, painful, engaging book.”

    Frank McCourt, New York Times bestselling author of Angela’s Ashes

  • “Unsparing self-scrutiny…maturity and emotional candor.”

    New York Times

  • “Riveting and disturbing.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Absorbing, funny, and emotionally blistering.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Maynard’s testimony is priceless.”


  • “Even Salinger loyalists may feel compelled to reexamine their idol.”


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