My Salinger Year is the bestselling memoir by Joanna Rakoff. It’s an account of the year she spent working in the hallowed New York literary agency which represented JD Salinger, among a number of other literary greats. Her first job about of university, Joanna navigates the frenetic world of New York while trying to come to terms with the archaic practices of the agency.
Despite the fact that it’s already 1996 when this occurs, the agency does not own a computer and Joanna is expected to respond to Salinger’s copious amount of fan mail by typing every response individually on an electric typewriter.
This beautifully written memoir is not just a behind the scenes look at the New York publishing scene, it’s also Joanna’s journey into adulthood, including her relationships, breakups and realisations about what she really wants from life.