Thursday, May 16, 2019

Book Spotlight: Out East: Memoir of a Montauk Summer by John Glynn -- with Giveaway!!!

Earlier this week, John Glynn's debut novel, Out East, was published. To help the publisher get the word out, I am hosting a giveaway for two lucky giveaway is being hosted here & one is being hosted on my Instagram page. 

I just finished reading this book and posted my review earlier today - you can find my review here.  

Read on to see what others have to say and then you can find out where to enter the giveaway below!!! 

Title: Out East: Memoir of a Montauk Summer
Author: John Glynn
Published: May 2019, Grand Central Publishing
Format: Hardcover, 256 pages

A gripping portrait of life in a Montauk summer house--a debut memoir of first love, identity and self-discovery among a group of friends who became family.

They call Montauk the end of the world, a spit of land jutting into the Atlantic. The house was a ramshackle split-level set on a hill, and each summer thirty one people would sleep between its thin walls and shag carpets. Against the moonlight the house's octagonal roof resembled a bee's nest. It was dubbed The Hive.

In 2013, John Glynn joined the share house. Packing his duffel for that first Memorial Day Weekend, he prayed for clarity. At 27, he was crippled by an all-encompassing loneliness, a feeling he had carried in his heart for as long as he could remember. John didn't understand the loneliness. He just knew it was there. Like the moon gone dark.

OUT EAST is the portrait of a summer, of the Hive and the people who lived in it, and John's own reckoning with a half-formed sense of self. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, The Hive was a center of gravity, a port of call, a home. Friendships, conflicts, secrets and epiphanies blossomed within this tightly woven friend group and came to define how they would live out the rest of their twenties and beyond.

OUT EAST is an indelible story of love and transformation, longing and escape in our own contemporary moment.

What readers are saying: 

"Glynn's memoir is perfectly evocative of long, lazy summers, taking place over a few months in Montauk and charting the blossoming of friendships, the heat of new romances, and the journeys to self-discovery."―Entertainment Weekly

"A moving account of the particular sort of loneliness that descends when you know you're unhappy but don't quite know why, and the boundless devotion of the chosen family who's there while you're figuring it out."―

"This book perfectly captures unrequited love and longing, as John struggles with growing feelings for his fellow vacationer... this one is staying on my shelf forever."―Cosmopolitan

"Sun-soaked and brimming with youth, Glynn's debut memoir chronicles a life-changing summer spent in a Montauk share house. With honesty, heart, and generosity, the memoir explores friendship, first love, and identity."―The Millions

"'We were sun children chasing an eternal summer.' This boisterous chronicle of a summer in Montauk sees a group of 20-something housemates who'll grow to know, to love, and care for one another. They work hard during the week, party hard on weekends, and each will face heartthrob and heartbreak. A coming out story told with feeling and humor and above all with the razor-sharp skill of a delicate and highly gifted writer."
Andre Aciman, New York Times bestselling author of Call Me by Your Name

"Out East is full of intimacy and hope and frustration and joy, an extraordinary tale of emotional awakening and lacerating ambivalence, a confession of self-doubt that becomes self-knowledge. It beautifully charts the dynamics of a group of people in a house share, but it's also about the emergence of its narrator into an exquisite emotional honesty. It's gripping and generous, and hidden in its rollicking naivete is a good measure of authentic wisdom."―Andrew Solomon, National Book Award winner

"No author has captured a millennial milieu better or with more empathy than John Glynn. Out East is a perfectly paced memoir and riveting portrait of a friend group. I loved it."―Anita Shreve, New York Times bestselling author of The Pilot's Wife and The Stars are Fire

"John Glynn wonderfully captures it all: the bars, the clothes, the music, the breakups, the giddiness and terror of being young in New York, searching for yourself all week, searching for someone else on weekends, in one of the world's most hauntingly beautiful beach towns. If you're in your twenties you'll smile and nod at the joy and pain of Glynn's quest. If you're not in your twenties, he'll make you feel as if you are. A gorgeous debut."―J.R. Moehringer, Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times bestselling author of The Tender Bar

"As a microcosmic rendition of a lost summer's drunken rhythms and Glynn's slowly unfolding realization about his own sexuality, the writing resonates with a shimmery tingle."―Publisher's Weekly

"It's at its most personal that his memoir shines brightest, grasping at the many ways there are to love and be and ultimately reveling in them."―Booklist


Giveaway Details -- (US or Canada Only) Thanks to the publisher, two readers will win a finished copy of  Out East  by John Glynn. 

There are 2 options to enter: by the rafflecopter here on this page and by heading over to my Instagram page to this post. You can enter on both if you so choose. Both giveaways will end on Wednesday, May 22nd, and are not affiliated with or sponsored by Instagram or Blogger. 

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  1. A memoir which was unforgettable and beautiful was A Lucky Child by Thomas Buergenthal.

  2. Sounds like a memorable read. Thanks for the review.

  3. Chasing the Dragon by Cathy Smith.


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