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Out East : memoir of a Montauk summer
2019
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An Entertainment Weekly Best Book of May 2019 A TIME Magazine Best Book of May 2019
A Cosmopolitan Best Book of May 2019 An Oprah Magazine Best LGBTQ Book of 2019
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.
Blending the sand-strewn milieu of George Howe Colt's The Big House , the radiant aching of Olivia Liang's The Lonely City , OUT EAST is a keenly wrought story of love and transformation, longing and escape in our own contemporary moment.

"An unforgettable 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." -- Andrew Solomon, National Book Award winner
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In deep winter 2013, a surprise inheritance from Glynn's beloved grandmother exactly matches the cost of a summer share in the Montauk house his friends plan to rent, and it seems like a sign. A spot in the Hive, named for its honeycomb shape, means spending every other weekend with 30 other twentysomethings, friends and friends-of-friends, in sprawling yet cozy, shag-carpeted splendor. Over the din of all the Montauk party-hopping with his Hive-mates, a humming mass from which a handful of fuller portraits emerge, Glynn tracks two threads of deep introspection. Close with many cousins and friends, as an only child, he sometimes experiences profound loneliness. This begins to come with a harder-to-identify ache, which 27-year-old Glynn soon recognizes is his first real crush, and also his first crush on a man a new Hive friend. Glynn, an editor at HarperCollins, writes the Montauk scene with brisk, detached tenderness, but it's at its most personal that his memoir shines brightest, grasping at the many ways there are to love and be and ultimately revelling in them.--Annie Bostrom Copyright 2019 Booklist
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