My Salinger Year

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Pub Date 05 Jun 2014 | Archive Date 05 Jul 2014

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The Devil Wears Prada with a whiff of Mad Men and Girls - a charming coming-of-age memoir about a young woman who lands a job assisting J.D. Salinger's literary agent in the 1990s.


At 23, after leaving graduate school to pursue her dreams of becoming a poet, Joanna Rakoff moves to New York City and takes a job as assistant to the storied literary agent for J.D. Salinger. She spends her days in the plush, wood-panelled agency, where Dictaphones and typewriters still reign and old-time agents doze at their desks after martini lunches, and at night she goes home to the tiny, threadbare Brooklyn apartment she shares with her socialist boyfriend. Precariously balanced between glamour and poverty, surrounded by titanic personalities and struggling to trust her own artistic sense, Joanna is given the task of answering Salinger’s voluminous fan mail. But as she reads the candid, heart-wrenching letters from his readers around the world, she finds herself unable to type out the agency’s decades-old form response. Instead, drawn inexorably into the emotional world of Salinger’s devotees, she abandons the template and begins writing back …
Poignant, keenly observed and irresistibly funny, My Salinger Year is a memoir about literary New York in the late ‘90s, a pre-digital world on the cusp of vanishing, where a young woman finds herself swept into one of the last great stories and entangled with one of the last great figures of the century. Above all, it is the coming-of-age story of a talented writer and a testament to the universal power of books to shape our lives.

The Devil Wears Prada with a whiff of Mad Men and Girls - a charming coming-of-age memoir about a young woman who lands a job assisting J.D. Salinger's literary agent in the 1990s.


At 23, after...


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Not just for Salinger fans - this charming coming-of-age memoir is The Devil Wears Prada meets Julie & Julia, with a dash of Mad Men and a touch of Girls

River Road Entertainment have optioned the screen rights to My Salinger Year and a film script is currently being written.


In 2011, BBC Radio 4 produced a 30-minute radio documentary in which they followed Joanna Smith Rakoff as she sought (and found) the writer of her favourite Salinger fan letter

Not just for Salinger fans - this charming coming-of-age memoir is The Devil Wears Prada meets Julie & Julia, with a dash of Mad Men and a touch of Girls

River Road Entertainment have optioned the...


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