How ‘My Salinger Year’ made my career

A now-successful author sharpened her pen answering fan mail on behalf of the iconic writer.

September 4, 2014 13:15
Joanna Rakoff

Joanna Rakoff: ‘There’s a big difference between leading a literary life and actually being a writer.’. (photo credit: DAVID IGNASZEWSKI)

In 2009 Joanna Rakoff’s debut novel, A Fortunate Age, won critical acclaim. And yet the success of her memoir, My Salinger Year, published earlier this year, has managed to outstrip that success.

My Salinger Year
chronicles the 12 months the then-23-year-old Rakoff spent in 1996 working as an assistant at a literary agency in New York that happened to represent famous author J.D. Salinger.

In a unique take on a coming-of-age memoir, Rakoff’s sparsely yet vividly written book takes us into the world of a young college graduate hoping to make her mark as a poet in the literary world.


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