By Joanna Rakoff
Poignant, keenly saw, and irresistibly humorous: a memoir approximately literary manhattan within the overdue nineties, a pre-digital global 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 institution to pursue her goals 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 big 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 variety out the agency’s decades-old shape reaction. as a substitute, drawn inexorably into the emotional international of Salinger’s devotees, she abandons the template and starts off writing again. Over the process the yr, she unearths her personal voice by way of performing as Salinger’s, on her personal harmful and releasing phrases.
Rakoff paints a colourful portrait of a shiny, hungry younger girl navigating a heady and longed-for international, attempting to sq. romantic aspirations with burgeoning self-awareness, the belief of a lifestyles with existence itself. fascinating and deeply relocating, choked with electrifying glimpses of an American literary icon, My Salinger Year
is the coming-of-age tale of a skilled author. peculiarly, it's a testomony to the common strength of books to form our lives and wake up our actual selves.