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Thursday, July 03, 2014

Walking in Sylvia Plath's Footsteps. My Salinger year by Joanna Rakoff

Walking in the footsteps of Sylvia Plath,  Joanna Rakoff starts work at a storied New York literary agency in a dimly-lit office lined with books of great American writers. Here she has to cope with a troubled boss and a typewriter, but this only adds to the old-world atmosphere. Imagine her surprise when she is told to answer letters to Jerry Salinger and talk to him on the phone. Rakoff sometimes answers the fan letters herself, using counselling skills that she didn't know she had.

As Rakoff copes with a nasty socialist boyfriend and her interesting publishing work, she matures and learns about the links between her old-school publishing world and her modern New York life. She also searches her soul to see if she can become a writer and a poet herself.

I just loved this book. It was like reading about a modern version of 'Jo' from Little Women as her namesake is thrown into the deep-end of a new career and struggles to find the Time to achieve her writing ambitions.



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