At Home in the World: A Memoir by Joyce Maynard

By Joyce Maynard

Within the spring of 1972, Joyce Maynard, a freshman at Yale, released a canopy tale within the manhattan instances journal approximately lifestyles within the sixties. among the letters of compliment, bargains for writing assignments, and request for interviews was once a one-page letter from the famously reclusive writer, J.D. Salinger.

Don't leave unhappy is the tale of a woman who enjoyed and lived with J.D. Salinger, and the girl she turned. an important turning aspect in Joyce Maynard's existence happened while her personal daughter grew to become eighteen--the age Maynard used to be whilst Salinger first approached her. Breaking a twenty-five yr silence, Joyce Maynard addresses her courting with Salinger for the 1st time, in addition to the advanced , afflicted and but artistic nature of her early life and kin. She vividly describes the main points of the days and her existence with the finesse of a average storyteller.

Courageously written by means of a ladies decided to permit her existence to spread with authenticity, Don't leave unhappy is a testomony to the resiliency of the spirit and the honesty of an unwavering eye.

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