Dream Catcher: Reflections on Reclusion

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"My childhood was lush with make-believe: wood sprites, fairies, a bower of imaginary friends, books about lands somewhere East of the Sun and West of the Moon... In real life, however, it was a world that dangled between dream and nightmare on a gossamer thread my parents wove, without the reality of solid ground to catch a body should he or she fall." 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. Dream Catcher 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. She also delves into her parents' lives before her own birth, illuminating their childhoods, their wrenching experiences during World War II, and above all the seeds and real-life inspirations for J.D. Salinger's literary preoccupation with "phonies," protracted innocence, precocious children, and spiritual perfection. 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. 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 orno, who has ever had to struggle to sort out who she really is from who her parentsdreamed she might be.

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John Leonard "CBS News Sunday Morning Margaret A. Salinger has written a memoir that would break the heart even if her father weren't the reclusive author of "The Catcher in the Rye. Maybe there's a gene for splendid prose.

"Buffalo Art News"

"People"

A controversial, emotionally charged memoir.



"The Telegraph" (UK)

Salinger's writing is vivid and strong.



"USA Today"

An unprecedented look at one of the country's most admired and reclusive writers.



"The Jerusalem Report"

Peggy's diverse achievements and experience make "Dream Catcher" unlike any memoir...darkly comic.



"The Washington Post"

Has just about everything you'd look for in a Salinger story. Clear writing. Edgy characters. A dash of death. A pinch of sex. A dollop of loneliness. And lots and lots of weirdness.



John Leonard

"CBS News Sunday Morning"

Margaret A. Salinger has written a memoir that would break the heart even if her father weren't the reclusive author of "The Catcher in the Rye." Maybe there's a gene for splendid prose.



"Academic Writing Review"

Margaret A. Salinger's work shows the brilliance of what can happen when a woman's way of seeing is adroitly applied to a man's writing....Rarely does a memoir do so much to make readers reconsider a body of fiction by a well-known writer....This memoir has become one of the best books to surface in the world of Salinger criticism.



"The New York Times"

Salinger's daughter's truths are as mesmerizing as his fiction....There is information here that can't help altering, and enlarging, our estimation of Salinger's work....This memoir may well prompt a reassessment of the place of Salinger's fiction in American literature, and add a dimension to the marginalized mystic he's become to many.

About the Author:

Margaret A. Salinger grew up in Cornish, New Hampshire. A Phi Beta Kappa scholar, she was graduated from Brandeis University summa cum laude, won the Saval-Sachar scholarship award for historical research, and was co-winner of the Lester Martin Foundation Award for the best thesis in legal studies. She earned an M.Phil. from Oxford University, and attended Harvard Divinity School as a Williams Scholar. She lives with her husband and son.

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