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My Salinger Year

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My Salinger Year

By Joanna Rakoff

Vintage, Paperback, 9780307947987, 272pp.

Publication Date: May 12, 2015

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Description
Keenly observed and irresistibly funny, My Salinger Year is a memoir about literary New York in the late nineties, a pre-digital world on the cusp of vanishing.
After leaving graduate school to pursue her dream of becoming a poet, Joanna Rakoff takes a job as assistant to the storied literary agent for J. D. Salinger. Precariously balanced between poverty and glamour, she spends her days in a plush, wood-paneled office where Dictaphones and typewriters still reign and agents doze after three-martini lunches and then goes home to her threadbare Brooklyn apartment and her socialist boyfriend. Rakoff is tasked with processing Salinger's voluminous fan mail, but as she reads the heart-wrenching letters from around the world, she becomes reluctant to send the agency's form response and impulsively begins writing back. The results are both humorous and moving, as Rakoff, while acting as the great writer's voice, begins to discover her own.


About the Author
Joanna Rakoff s novelA Fortunate Agewon the Goldberg Prize for Jewish Fiction by Emerging Writers and the Elle Readers Prize, and was aNew York TimesEditors Choice and aSan Francisco Chroniclebest seller. She has written forThe New York Times, theLos Angeles Times, Vogue, and other publications. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts."
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