Synopses & Reviews
A collection of brilliant, sad, and influential stories that includes favorites like "A Perfect Day for Bananafish," "Teddy," and "For Esmé, with Love and Squalor," as well as the underrated gem, "Just Before the War With the Eskimos." Almost invariably, Salinger's tormented characters are trying to search for some sort of peace within a hell that is often of their own devising.
"J.D. Salinger's writing is original, first rate, serious and beautiful. Here are nine of his stories, and one further reason that they are so interesting, and so powerful seen all together, is that they are paradoxes. From the outside, they are often very funny; inside, they are about heartbreak, and convey it; they can do this because they are pure." Eudora Welty, New York Times Book Review, 4/5/1953
"Rereading Nine Stories
recently, I realized I'd nearly forgotten entire stories...and that my longtime favorite...was jostled out of top spot by another, much shorter gem, "Down at the Dinghy." But that's what's wonderful about this book, or any good book, for that matter as you grow older, your tastes and sympathies change, and Salinger, in these stories, has collected a rich palette of characters to identify with, for better or worse, at any age." Jill Owens, Powells.com
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Since the publication of The Catcher in the Rye in 1951, the works of J.D. Salinger have been acclaimed for their humor, intensity, and their lack of phoniness. A collection of short fiction, Nine Stories contains works with those qualities that make Salinger such a well-loved author.
Salinger's classic collection of short stories is now available in trade paperback.
The Stories: A Perfect Day for Bananafish, Uncle Wiggily in Connecticut, Just Before the War with the Eskimos, The Laughing Man, Down at the Dinghy, For Esme -- With Love and Squalor, Pretty Mouth and Green My Eyes, De Daumier-Smith's Blue Period, and Teddy.