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At twenty-three, after leaving graduate school to pursue her dreams of becoming a poet, Joanna Rakoff moves to New York City and takes a job as assistant to the storied literary agent for J. D. Salinger. Poignant, keenly observed, and irresistibly funny: MY SALINGER YEAR is a memoir about literary New York in the late nineties, a pre-digital world on the cusp of vanishing, where a young woman finds herself entangled with one of the last great figures of the century.


Journalist and author Joanna Rakoff tells readers about her first post-college job: working as an assistant at the prestigious literary agency that represented J.D. Salinger.