The Sleepy Hollow Family Almanac

The Sleepy Hollow Family Almanac

eBook - 2012
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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 thingif he can just figure out what it is.
Publisher: Chapel Hill, N.C. : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, [2012], ©2012
Edition: 1at edition
ISBN: 9781616201463
9781565129511
Branch Call Number: FICTION DAg
Description: 1 online resource (340 pages)
Additional Contributors: Freading (Firm)

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Jul 25, 2014

Believable story of today's young adults.

jeanner222 Nov 09, 2012

Calvin Moretti is a jerk. And a slacker. And the narrator of our story.

In a nutshell: Calvin has dropped out of grad school and moved back home. Not only does he despise his job at a preschool for autistic children, he also despises his home life. His father is unemployed, ill, and depressed; his teen sister is pregnant; and his mother is deathly afraid of foreclosure. And, strangely, his successful brother is living at home in order to help the family. It is all very strange and disturbing.

The big question is: will Cal ever grow up? And can his family survive all of the craziness currently plaguing them?

Engaging, but not good enough to recommend to anyone.

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