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This review is from: My Salinger Year (Hardcover)
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Joanna Rakoff spent a year, in 1996 when she was 23, working as an assistant at the literary agency in New York which represented J.D. Salinger. It's a quirky place of typewriters, carbon copies, and hushed tones when referring to 'Jerry' himself. Joanna received the fan letters for the author which she was expected to reply to with a form letter but instead she found herself writing proper responses and getting embroiled in the stories of strangers..
I really enjoyed this memoir. I loved the agency and its old-fashioned ways and I liked reading about the way it operated. Rakoff also talks about her private life, her aspiring author boyfriend and her parents. Her colleagues were great, a fairly eccentric bunch. This is an endearing look at a special year for this writer and it doesn't matter if you've never read any J.D. Salinger books. I haven't and it took nothing away from the pleasure of the read for me.