Syracuse, here we come, on October 25th. Thanks to local resident artist Donna Stoner, Syracuse, NY is welcoming Catcher, Caught next week all over town. After Donna’s book club, I speak to faculty and grad students in the education department at LeMoyne College (Wed. Oct.26th at 5:30 pm), lead a book discussion on Catcher, Caught at the Soule Library (Wed. Oct. 26th at 7 pm), and read and discuss fiction in the 21st century at the Downtown Writing Center (YMCA) on Friday Oct. 28th at 7 pm. Local arts writer Laura T. Ryan’s feature on Catcher, Caught and my visit will appear on Sunday October 23rd. Watch here for the link.
Archive for the ‘JD Salinger’
Staff wriiter Mary Ann Yin posted her interview of me about Catcher, Caught on the anniversary of Salinger’s death, Jan. 27. Two weeks earlier the review appeared. Here’s the link to the interview.
Thank you, RTD. We miss the full book reviews, but understand that the times they are a-changing.
Slight delay in posting the free pdf download of the teacher’s guide to a joint unit on Catcher, Caught and The Catcher in the Rye so I’m posting it here as a new page on the header above, or simply by clicking this link. I’ll post again when Amazon has the pdf available.
“5.0 out of 5 stars Salinger and Honenberger: A dynamic duo!, November 2, 2010 By Judith Paley (Denver, CO) – (VINE VOICE)
This review is from: Catcher, Caught (Paperback)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine™ Program
Daniel Solstice Landon embraces all that may be left of his abbreviated life with admirable enthusiasm and more energy than one might expect of a young man with untreated acute myelogenous leukemia. While I found his ability to carry on with teenage escapades and rites of passage despite the advancing AML a bit unbelievable, this disconnect did not diminish my enjoyment in this wonderful read one bit. What distinguishes a great fiction writer, after all, but the ability to convey the human condition in a way that is true if not real?
One can’t help but remember newspaper articles on parents who refuse conventional treatments for their children with life-threatening illnesses. More questions than answers in these tragic snippets, parental rights, children’s rights, medical ethics, quality vs. quantity of remaining months or years. Ms. Honenberger does an incredible job of fleshing out those factual outlines in this heart-rending story of a wise-cracking, precocious adolescent and his holdover hippie parents. This fifty-something mother/author proves herself completely capable of remembering first love, the perilous temptations of sex and drugs, and the mother and child reunion despite disappointments, anger, and misunderstandings.
Gut-wrenching, funny, tear-jerking, this well-crafted novel certainly works on the adult side of the aisle, and I have no doubt that young adults will want to have at it as well. Those of us who read “The Catcher in the Rye” decades ago will dig it out for another pass, and younger readers who’ve not yet had the pleasure will want to get their own copy.”
We lost him yesterday, though he’d been lost to us for over fifty years. While The Catcher in the Rye has perpetual life by reason of Holden’s powerful and honest voice, his creator is human. Here’s the link to the Times article yesterday, more today. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/29/books/29salinger.html?hp
Salinger made literary history in his writing by “validating what you mean by saying less than, or even the opposite of, what you intend.” The unreliable narrator, used by other authors since, it made Holden the fellow we all ached for, and prayed that he’d survive his own black moods and anguish over not being able to save his brother Allie.
He was my inspiration for CATCHER, CAUGHT, the reason it made it to the semi-finals in the Amazon contest, the proof that the story is timeless, and the explanation for why a publisher would put its backing behind Daniel Landon’s battle with leukemia and his struggle to find his way in an adult world that couldn’t save him. Time to read that little maroon book with the yellow title again. Bravo JD Salinger, Bravo.