Chances are, Calvin Moretti, the main character of Kris D’Agostino’s The Sleepy Hollow Family Almanac, will remind you of someone you went to high school with. Calvin is a twenty-four-year-old film school dropout living at home again and working as an assistant teacher at a preschool for autistic kids. Disillusioned and frustrated, yet full of good intentions, Calvin has to relearn how to live with his eclectic family. His teenage sister confides in him that she’s pregnant while his father, a career pilot who is temporarily grounded, obsesses over his morality. Meanwhile, his mother struggles to keep their home safe from foreclosure and Calvin’s older brother, an insufferable go-getter who also lives at home, decides he wants to commission an artist to paint a portrait of him dressed as a samurai.
D’Agostino takes this loony bunch of characters and turns them into a family you’ll love. An incredible debut novel, The Sleepy Hollow Family Almanac finds the perfect balance between hilarious and heartbreaking.
Praise for The Sleepy Hollow Family Almanac:
“Wickedly funny and as often beautiful as it is meandering, this debut novel reads much like Calvin’s life: bursts of activity followed by long periods of idleness and deep thought.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review
“D’Agostino’s tragicomic first novel is an insatiably readable tale of a family held together with duct tape and string . . . A memorable debut by a writer who bears watching.” – Booklist
“D’Agostino’s fiction debut winningly describes the millennial generation exploring the borders of love and responsibility.” – Kirkus Reviews