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My Salinger Year
by Joanna Rakoff


Overview - 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.
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Overview
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.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780307947987
  • ISBN-10: 030794798X
  • Publisher: Vintage
  • Publish Date: May 2015
  • Page Count: 272


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