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“In his hilarious and heartbreaking novel, D’Agostino has given us a sharp and poignant sketch of a generation searching for self-definition in a new century.” —David Gates, author of Jernigan and Preston Falls



“A singularly funny, bitter, bold book about what it’s like to resemble people you want badly to be better than. This is a remarkable book about a remarkable family with disturbingly familiar problems.”
—Brock Clarke, author of Exley and An Arsonist’s Guide to Writers’ Homes in New England

About the Author

Kris D’Agostino lives in Brooklyn, New York, and works in a preschool. This is his first novel.
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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Algonquin Books (March 20, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1565129512
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565129511
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,732,253 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Yes, even the dog is funny in "The Sleepy Hollow Family Almanac."

But why?

Because Kris knows how to work humor in fiction. Or maybe he just knows little dogs can be both annoying and funny. He's got a knack for setting up jokes, for witty, real, in-your-face dialogue, and for weaving an interesting plot that kicks family values right in the groin.

I didn't see the big plot twist coming. And I found myself rooting for both the protagonist and his father, that they would both find light at the end of the tunnel.

Get the book. Read it to find out. And let's hope Kris has about 30 more books in him.
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I was not impressed by the book at all(but give the author credit that he was able to write and publish 320 pages of something that could be summerized in 15 pages). I didn't find it funny, main character is pathetic and can't make up his mind (I love loosers main characters or weridos, but Calvin is not exctiting at all) - he wants to leave the house and finds his family annoyning, then he is trying to help'em, then he wants to move out again and this goes ad nauseum. Same with his job - he hates his job, but it takes him forever to leave, he calls the kids "retards", but he calls Ahram "buddy" and says "I love the little guy". Nothing much happens in the book till the 300th page and after I read the first 50 pages the remaining 270 pages were more of the same stuff - weed, records, jerking off, looser friends,the million dollars question "Do I move out or to stay in my parent's house?".
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The Sleepy Hollow Family Almanac is the story of a hopefully brief chapter in the life of Calvin Moretti, a young man who like so many in his generation has found himself in his early 20s in uncharted territory. He’s unsure of what comes next for him and unsure he has any ability to get there. In the process of working it out (or failing to), he’s gotten himself mired in a return to his childhood home, living with a father who is fighting cancer, a mother who is fighting to keep the bills paid, an older brother who seems to be doing all right for himself and doesn’t mind letting anyone know, and a young sister who is unexpectedly expecting a baby, and he’s terrified he’s never going to get out and start his adult life away from all this… and terrified he’ll be abandoning his family if he does.

Kris D’Agostino in his first novel uses Calvin’s story to explore a range of themes I personally found all too relevant, but what’s most striking about it is his examination of the particular experience of (one fairly limited slice of) millennials in early adulthood and the changed world around them as they grapple with it. He’s interested in the way that the post-collegiate years in which the expectation had previously been that you strike out on your own, start a career and a family, now often feature a period of extended post-adolescence. You go back to living with your parents, working a low-paying job and trying to figure out a direction that satisfies you AND works with the financial burdens getting your degree creates. He spends this book digging into the particular psychological challenges and disruptions that come with that time.
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From the opening line to the last sentence, Calvin Moretti captured my attention with his unique voice and the interesting way he views the world. He's not always a likable character, but that's what I liked about him. He doesn't try to be something he's not: he's genuine. He's the voice of a generation that hasn't quite found themselves yet, and I can't think of a better character to tell the tale. Despite his wayward direction, I found myself standing behind him every step of the way.

The story moved at a clipped pace, and I found myself flipping pages to find out what happened next. Although I wouldn't call it a light read, at times it can be light-hearted. The beginning proved more than memorable, with pockets of humorous scenes filling up the pages, to a more profound middle and end. Like Calvin, this story proves to be much deeper than it appears on the surface. It's a story and a journey worthy of your attention.

I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

Robert Downs
Author of Falling Immortality: Casey Holden, Private Investigator
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Speaking as a millenial, within the first chapter, this book screamed extended-millenial-blog-entry from the moment I picked it up. I couldn't get past the first few chapters.

Every character is an exaggerated stereotype drawn from the head of how an elitist modern twenty-something views the world. It really feels like the author was really trying to wink at the readers through the text, saying, "You know this kind of person, and you hate them too!"

If you're the kind of person that gets high off of feeling smarter than other people because of your taste in music and fashion, or the kind of person who likes to make snarky comments about people behind their backs, or the kind of person who absolutely loses it when someone misuses the word "literally," you probably will actually like this book. If you're this kind of person, you won't admit it, obviously, but this book si for you. It's written for the kind of knows-better-than-everyone-else mindset you'll find in Silverlake or wherever it is "hipsters" converge in New York that seems to thrive among my generation. It is a book that revels in cynicism, snark, and a general hatred for humanity (except your friends, of course (except when they're being total 'bags)).

Would not recommend.
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