As he prepares to publish 50 years of unseen material, the son of JD Salinger talks exclusively to Penguin about the myths and misconceptions surrounding his father.
Read an excerpt from J. D. Salinger's world-famous novel of disaffected youth. 'If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you’ll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like...'
A haunting and deeply personal portrait of family tragedy from the much-loved author of The Catcher in the Rye. 'I sat up in bed. ‘What are you going to do?’ I said. ‘I thought maybe I’d read something to her,’ Seymour said, and took down a book. ‘She’s ten months old, for God’s sake,’ I said. ‘I know,’ Seymour said. ‘They have ears. They can hear.’
An extract from A Perfect Day for Bananafish, the first story from the collection of nine exceptional short stories from J. D. Salinger. 'She was a girl who for a ringing phone dropped exactly nothing. She looked as if her phone had been ringing continually ever since she had reached puberty.'
A novel in two intertwining stories, Franny & Zooey brilliantly captures the emotional strains and ruptures of entering adulthood. 'Lane Coutell, in a Burberry raincoat that apparently had a wool liner buttoned into it, was one of the six or seven boys out on the open platform. Or rather, he was and he wasn’t one of them.'
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