My Salinger Year


1996. Joanna Rakoff takes a job at one of New York’s oldest literary agencies. On her first day, her boss gives her a stern talk about someone named ‘Jerry’. She is never to give out Jerry’s address or phone number, or talk to reporters about Jerry, or to call him with questions. It is only then she notices an entire wall of books containing myriad editions of the works of J.D. Salinger. Filled with titanic personalities and legendary authors, ‘My Salinger Year’ is a vivid, funny and charming coming of age story about a young woman trying to find her feet, and her voice.

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The much-loved, irresistibly funny memoir of literary New York which was an international bestseller and enchanted readers around the world – now a major film starring Sigourney Weaver and Margaret Qualley, My New York YearREAD THE BOOKNow a major motion picture, MY NEW YORK YEAR, starring Sigourney Weaver and Margaret QualleyAfter 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.‘Gripping and funny’ Observer‘Like a literary The Devil Wears Prada … An irresistible read’ Harper’s Bazaar‘Irresistible’ Sunday Times‘Spellbinding’ Guardian

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Weight 0.224 kg
Dimensions 19.8 × 12.9 × 1.8 cm










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