The Sleepy Hollow Family Almanac
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... show more
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 thing—if he can just figure out what it is.
Publish date: March 20th 2012
Publisher: Algonquin Books
Pages no: 352
Edition language: English
The reviews said this was supposed to be funny. I honestly can't say if it is or not because I disliked the book so much I never finished it. I wanted to like it, but the main character bored me to tears. An over-privileged under-stimulated middle class college graduate with no direction in his...
Little did I realize when I picked up this book that it would be a depressing look at a suburban slacker's struggle to figure out who he was. At first I sniggered along with his snarky irreverent references to the kids he worked with as "retards" but that joke got old pretty quick. I'm not sure what...
Like many modern twentysomethings, Calvin is a slacker still struggling to enter the "real world" a few years after college, saddled with debt and living with his parents, realizing that his education hasn't prepared him for a job. The urge to regress to his high school habits or run away entirely ...