Joanna Smith Rakoff’s 2009 debut novel, A Fortunate Age, was an epic depiction of a decade in the life of a group of Generation X-ers. Although BookPage reviewer Kim Schmidt noted that the story had an abrupt ending—and the large number of characters was a bit overwhelming—she recognized that the novel was an overall success.
If you read A Fortunate Age and wondered what Rakoff would write next, then wonder no more: Today, Publishers Marketplace announced that she will write a memoir titled My Salinger Year. I titled this post “Deal of the day” because the book description is pretty darn intriguing:
MY SALINGER YEAR [is] the memoir of a young woman—pitched as reminiscent of THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA and JULIE & JULIA—with literary aspirations who, in the 1990s, takes a clerical job at a storied literary agency, and finds herself surrounded by titanic personalities and legendary authors, including the mysterious and iconic J.D. Salinger
It will be published by Knopf. (By the way, if you’re fascinated by all things Salinger, then you must take a look at Kenneth Slawenski’s Salinger: A Life, also published by Random House.)
Have you read about any book deals lately that especially caught your attention? By the way, read more about Rakoff’s relationship with Salinger (or rather, his fan mail) here.