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In her much-anticipated memoir, Margaret A. Salinger writes about life with her famously reclusive father, J.D. Salinger — offering a rare look into the man and the myth, what it is like to be his daughter, and the effect of such a charismatic figure on the girls and women closest to him. andlt;BRandgt; With generosity and insight, Ms. Salinger has written a book that is eloquent, spellbinding, and wise, yet at the same time retains the intimacy of a novel. Her story chronicles an almost cultlike environment of extreme isolation and early neglect interwoven with times of laughter, joy, and dazzling beauty. andlt;BRandgt; Ms. Salinger compassionately explores the complex dynamics of family relationships. Her story is one that seeks to come to terms with the dark parts of her life that, quite literally, nearly killed her, and to pass on a life-affirming heritage to her own child. andlt;BRandgt; The story of being a Salinger is unique; the story of being a daughter is universal. This book appeals to anyone, J.D. Salinger fan or no, who has ever had to struggle to sort out who she really is from whom her parents dreamed she might be.

About the Author

Margaret A. Salinger earned her B.A. from Brandeis University summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa; earned an M.Phil. from Oxford University; and attended Harvard Divinity School as a Williams Scholar. She lives with her husband and son.

Table of Contents



Part One

A Family History:


"How my parents were occupied and all before they had me"

1. "Sometimes Thro' the Mirror Blue"

2. Landsman

3. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

4. Detached F-a-c-u-l-t-i-e-s

5. We'll Bolt the Door

6. Reclusion

Part Two



7. Dream Child, Real Child

8. Babes in the Woods

9. Border Crossing

10. Snipers

11. "However Innumerable Beings Are, I Vow to Save Them"

12. Glimpses

13. "There She Weaves by Night and Day"

14. Journey to Camelot

15. Boot Camp and Iced Tea

16. The Birds and the Bees: Hitchcock's

17. A Perfect Ten

18. Notes from the Underground

19. "To Sir with Love"

20. Safe Harbor: A Brief Interlude Between Islands

Part Three

Beyond Cornish

21. Island Redux

22. Christmas

23. Midwinter

24. Springtime in Paradise: The Producers

25. Woodstock

26. Lost Moorings


27. Kindred Spirits

28. The Baby Vanishes

29. A Mind in Port

30. "Rowing in Eden"

31. Woman Overboard!

32. On and Off the Fast Track

33. Weaving My Own Life

34. Awakening



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dutchessabroad, July 12, 2009 (view all comments by dutchessabroad)
The first 100 pages cover the author's parents' life before her birth and clarify why her famous father may have become the recluse he is.
Ms. Salinger's rebuke at the address of biographer Ian Hamilton for suggesting that Salinger "didn't bother to become a professor", sheds clarifying light on the role that antisemitism played in her father's career and life.
About her arrival in the world, Ms. Salinger writes: "I was on a collision course with my father's fiction." And while Salinger "became enchanted" with his baby daughter, that line pretty much sums up their relationship. For as becomes clear in reading Dream Catcher, Salinger's children were as much his inspiration as a source of irritation.

As is often the case in memoirs written by children of famous parents, Ms. Salinger's has a tugging undertow of barely resolved issues, which contradict the supposed resolve of the main storyline. No wonder, for in the author-father's (neurotic) quest for perfection, the child can't but disappoint, even if that's what only the child perceives.

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Product Details

Salinger, Margaret A.
Washington Square Press
Salinger, Margaret A.
New York
Fathers and daughters
Family/Interpersonal Memoir
Novelists, American
Personal Memoirs
General Biography
Novelists, American -- 20th century.
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Series Volume:
no. 710
Publication Date:
Grade Level:
+ 3 8-p ins (e)
9.16x5.96x1.17 in. 1.56 lbs.

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