My Salinger Year

My Salinger Year

Joanna Rakoff

Poignant, keenly saw, and irresistibly humorous: a memoir approximately literary manhattan within the overdue nineties, a pre-digital international at the cusp of vanishing, the place a tender lady unearths herself entangled with one of many final nice figures of the century.

At twenty-three, after leaving graduate tuition to pursue her desires of turning into a poet, Joanna Rakoff strikes to long island urban and takes a role as assistant to the storied literary agent for J. D. Salinger. She spends her days in a luxurious, wood-paneled place of work, the place Dictaphones and typewriters nonetheless reign and old-time brokers doze at their desks after martini lunches. At evening she is going domestic to the tiny, threadbare Williamsburg condominium she stocks together with her socialist boyfriend. Precariously balanced among glamour and poverty, surrounded through substantial personalities, and suffering to belief her personal creative intuition, Rakoff is tasked with answering Salinger’s voluminous fan mail. yet as she reads the candid, heart-wrenching letters from his readers all over the world, she reveals herself not able to sort out the agency’s decades-old shape reaction. as a substitute, drawn inexorably into the emotional global of Salinger’s devotees, she abandons the template and starts writing again. Over the process the yr, she reveals her personal voice by way of performing as Salinger’s, on her personal harmful and freeing phrases.

Rakoff paints a colourful portrait of a vibrant, hungry younger girl navigating a heady and longed-for international, attempting to sq. romantic aspirations with burgeoning self-awareness, the assumption of a existence with lifestyles itself. fascinating and deeply relocating, packed with electrifying glimpses of an American literary icon, My Salinger Year is the coming-of-age tale of a skilled author. in particular, it's a testomony to the common energy of books to form our lives and wake up our actual selves. 

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