Genre: Fiction, short stories
Synopsis: A collection of J.D. Salinger’s short stories, featuring art, suicide, and the source material for one of A Series of Unfortunate Events’ references.
Review: I saw that one of my customer’s at work had posted about this on instagram (specifically about “For Esme–With Love and Squalor,” and inspired by A Series of Unfortunate Events, I commented that I’d really like to read it. The next time I saw her, she’d brought it in for me to read. And wow, what a book it is. The first story is enough to just blow you away, and definitely sets the tone for what to expect with the other eight stories. And “For Esme” was great fun to read just for the sheer pleasure of reading the source material for Esme Squalor. But my favorite would likely have to be “De Daumier-Smith’s Blue Period,” which was just so enchanting and strange and depressing but not? that I just couldn’t help but to love it.
This is somehow entirely different and entirely similar from The Catcher in the Rye, so it’s a perfect next step for people who enjoy how J.D. Salinger writes and describes the humdrum of everyday life.