Out East: Memoir of a Montauk Summer

Out East: Memoir of a Montauk Summer

by John Glynn


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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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781538746653
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 05/14/2019
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 38,953
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

John Glynn is an editor at Hanover Square Press, an imprint of HarperCollins. He grew up in Longmeadow, Massachusetts and lives in New York City. Out East is his first book.

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Out East: Memoir of a Montauk Summer 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
AnitaG 6 days ago
In a summer of discovery John Glynn opens up about the most important thing to find, discovering himself. John didn't have the money for a summer share on Montauk, a beach community a bit further out than the Hamptons of NY legend. A small inheritance from his grandmother made it possible and so began what many would call a series of lost weekends with other 20 somethings. I loved his details about the people in the house share, the ones he knew and the new friends he would make. There was so much drinking, and of course some sex, and laughable antics of meeting people, and learning about yourself in the process. John's willingness to share his journey is what makes this book remarkable. He realizes he's been holding back. While he knows so many people, straight, gay, bi, he is finally able to admit to his own desires and open up his heart to finding a person he can really be himself with. The journey is the story here, and how Glynn tells it is brilliant. I loved the friendships he shares, and how his eyes were opened to how he really felt. This does not read like a debut author. Following Glynn's Instagram after reading this, during his book launch and as his summer of 2019 has been is highly entertaining. This is a quick read and one I won't soon forget.
RobinBlankenship 7 months ago
I decided to read this one because I love memoirs. And this one did not disappoint. It was intense and funny and heartwarming. It was so personal I almost felt like I was listening in to a private conversation but I could not stop or look away. I read this in a weekend and it felt like I took a trip myself. I received an advanced copy in return for an honest review.
SL22268 8 months ago
Lovely read! Thank you to the Grand Central Publishing and the Author for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. This was a delightful story! It is a coming of age, coming out story of a young man who spends part of his summer on Montauk. In the midst of finding his true identity, he finds friends, and learns so much about himself. This book was a quick read and read a lot like a diary; it was the perfect format. Loved it!