Franny and Zooey

Franny and Zooey

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This book contains two wonderful stories about members of the Glass family by the author of "The Catcher in the Rye". The first story takes place in downtown New Haven during the weekend of 'the Yale game' and follows Franny Glass on a date with her collegiate boyfriend. The second focuses on Zooey Glass, a somewhat emotionally toughened genius. As his younger sister Franny hits an emotional crisis in her parents' Manhattan living room, Zooey comes to her aid, offering love, understanding, and words of sage advice.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 144 pages
  • 124 x 194 x 12mm | 58.97g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0140237526
  • 9780140237528
  • 134,931

Review Text

Salinger is often thought of as a one-book writer, perhaps because that book, The Catcher in the Rye, is so good. But Salinger also wrote some excellent short stories and my favourite, Franny, forms half of this slim volume. The central male character, Ivy League student Lane Coutell, is a typical Salinger creation. Lane is obsessed with his own cleverness, callow and insensitive. Reading his comments about Flaubert's 'lack of testicularity' always leaves me unsure whether to giggle, or wince in recognition of my awful teenage self. Review by Harry Pearson, whose books include 'A Tall Man in a Low Land' (Kirkus UK)show more

Author information

J D Salinger was born in 1919. He grew up in New York City, and wrote short stories from an early age, but his breakthrough came in 1948 with the publication in The New Yorker of 'A Perfect Day for Bananafish'. The Catcher in the Rye was his first and only novel, published in 1951. It remains one of the most translated, taught and reprinted texts, and has sold some 65 million copies. It was followed by three other books of short stories and novellas, the most recent of which was published in 1963. He lives in Cornish, New Hampshire.show more

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