I’ve just finished “MY Salinger Year” by Joanna Rakoff.
I was talking to one of my colleagues about books and she suggested I read this book and lent me a copy.
It’s about a young woman who starts working at an agency who represents JD Salinger, and she starts off as just an assistant who types up dictations and then she starts getting more involved with the publishing aspect. She also is given the responsibility of reading and answering Salinger’s fan mail. Even though her colleague advises her to just send a standard reply, she’s intrigued by the things his fans write about and starts amending her replies.
The book is supposed to be funny, but I didn’t think it was funny, it’s more sad than anything else. Reading about Joanna’s life is interesting because she’s just trying to make something of her self by finding meaning through her job. I can sympathise with her as a twenty-four-year-old young woman who is trying to make sense of the world and grow up – I’ve been there and I felt some emotions bubbling up as I read it. However, I don’t understand why she stays with her boyfriend because she’s clearly left a previous boyfriend behind but still thinks about him – we don’t really find out what exactly happened there, but it’s clear she’s not made a great choice with Don who’s trying to write a book. He does seem to give her a bit of attention but he’s a bit distracted and doesn’t seem the right person for Joanna at all.
I’m giving it 6/10 because it did keep me engaged while reading – I read it in two sittings – and it was interesting, but I didn’t love it. However, it’s re-awoken the desire to read more new books, so I’m going to get started on a new reading list!