The Sleepy Hollow Family Almanac by Kris D'Agostino

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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 thing—if he can just figure out what it is.
 

About Kris D'Agostino

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Kris D’Agostino lives in Brooklyn, New York, and works in a preschool. This is his first novel.
 
Published March 20, 2012 by Algonquin Books. 336 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Calvin Moretti is plagued with suburban angst. He still lives at home, works as an assistant at a school for autistic kids, and hasn’t finished graduate school, for which he’s now saddled with debt. D

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There's no grand plot here; the pleasure in this funny book comes from the small moments and the way the family sticks together in hard times.

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San Francisco Chronicle

Some of it has to do with the lovable little boy Calvin teaches, some with his father's stem cell transplant, and some with the specter of losing their home - all of which, we're informed in an author's note, D'Agostino is familiar with firsthand.

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Bookmarks Magazine

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.

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