Just a Perfect Day

I was young when I first read J.D. Salinger’s short story “A Perfect Day for Bananafish,” and I remember being just completely blindsided by the ending. I’m pretty sure my mouth was literally hanging open. I was shocked, dazed, stunned.

I’m glad I read it when I was young. This older version of me would read it and think, “Well, life is like that sometimes.”

I wish I could still be shocked.

“A Perfect Day for Bananafish” is part of the compilation Nine Stories, available from the Electronic Library Project, HERE.

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