Franny and Zooey

Franny and Zooey

by J. D. Salinger

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"Perhaps the best book by the foremost stylist of his generation" ( New York Times), J. D. Salinger's Franny and Zooey collects two works of fiction about the Glass family originally published in The New Yorker.

"Everything everybody does is so—I don't know—not wrong, or even mean, or even stupid necessarily. But just so tiny and meaningless and—sad-making. And the worst part is, if you go bohemian or something crazy like that, you're conforming just as much only in a different way."

A novel in two halves, Franny and Zooey brilliantly captures the emotional strains and traumas of entering adulthood. It is a gleaming example of the wit, precision, and poignancy that have made J. D. Salinger one of America's most beloved writers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316450720
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 11/06/2018
Edition description: Centennial Edition
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 531,749
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

J. D. Salinger was born in New York City on January 1, 1919, and died in Cornish, New Hampshire, on January 27, 2010. His stories appeared in many magazines, most notably The New Yorker. Between 1951 and 1963 he produced four book-length works of fiction: The Catcher in the Rye; Nine Stories; Franny and Zooey; and Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour—An Introduction. The books have been embraced and celebrated throughout the world and have been credited with instilling in many a lifelong love of reading.


Cornish, New Hampshire

Date of Birth:

January 1, 1919

Date of Death:

January 27, 2010

Place of Birth:

New York, New York

Place of Death:

Cornish, New Hampshire


Graduated from Valley Forge Military Academy, 1936; attended New York University, Ursinus College, Columbia University

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Franny and Zooey 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 126 reviews.
ArdentReader More than 1 year ago
Most people know J.D. Salinger and have read "Catcher in the Rye," but "Franny and Zooey" is a true gem. This is a small book about family and religious beliefs. This book will make you laugh out loud and cry. It is witty, funny and sad. If you want to see another side of J.D. Salinger, read this. I've read it a few times over the years and always find it new and enjoyable. Franny comes home a changed woman, and it is discovered that she's had a breakdown. She has begun reciting the Lords Prayer over and over much to the dismay of her intellectual family. The way her parents and brother Zooey deal with this is amusing and touching. If you love a classic than this is one to read. Forget about "Catcher in the Rye," try this book that will touch your heart and your mind! After this you'll see J.D. Salinger in a whole new light.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely hated Catcher in the Rye, thus was somewhat apprehensive about reading this work of Salinger. However, a freind continued to assure me I would love it, and once I picked it up, I actually did. It does have that slight hint of whining that Holden did in Catcher but otherwise, this actually has a story line and a plot and a reason for being. It's touching and makes you think and gave me a little slice of compassion. Though I will admit, you have to be in a certain mood in order to read this. Do not come looking for a happy-go-lucky, marvellous adventure, but rather a healing bit of insight for those weary with life.
stipe168 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Read it! do it for the Fat Lady. Franny cries and cries and cries and screams about her tortured addiction to the Jesus Prayer. Zooey yells at her. Perfect brother/sister relationship. "anyone over 16 without an ulcer's a spy" - zooey
bedda on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This isn¿t for everyone. This isn¿t for me. The book is all dialogue and description. Which isn¿t inherently a bad thing but in this instance it didn¿t really do anything for me. There are a few interesting exchanges, mostly between Zooey and his mother, but mostly I just found it all uninteresting. I didn¿t feel as if anything had happened. Or that anything had been explained. Zooey talks and talks and then finally stops. That¿s it.
Audacity on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
If it weren't for the fact that this was written by Salinger, I might have flung it away in frustration mid-way into Zooey. Franny amused me, as did Salinger's somewhat chaotic writing style - all tirades and mind-numbing rambles. Still, I'm glad I persevered and finished it, for the ending was enjoyable. I liked it, but it's still going into the resale box, rather then back onto my bookshelf.
MusicMom41 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I read Catcher in the Rye years ago when I was a teenager and was totally underwhelmed. I thought the story was boring and Holden Caulfield didn¿t interest me at all. (I think I had just read Jane Eyre and Rochester was my idea of a ¿hero¿ for a story.) I realize now I was probably too young¿and too naive¿to have a clue what Salinger was trying to do. However, the novel left such a bad taste in my mouth that I vowed never to read another Salinger book ever. Luckily for me, this year Eliza (girlunderglass) persuaded me to change my mind.Franny and Zooey is a wonderful and unique (at least for me) book. The first and shorter part of the novel, ¿Franny¿ introduces us to Franny Glass, a college coed who arrives on a train to spend a special football weekend with her Ivy League boyfriend at his school. I went to a small liberal arts college and I remember spending a couple of weekends like that¿except I didn¿t have to take a train because my school was coed. The second part of the story is called ¿Zooey¿ and introduces us to the Glass family and especially Franny¿s brother, Zooey who is about 5 years older than she but closest to her because they are the two youngest siblings. This is a character driven novel with essentially no plot. We learn about the characters by their interactions,, conversations, and observations made by the ¿narrator¿ who is actually a much older brother that we meet at the very beginning of the book. I found the characters wonderful and the conversations fascinating and revealing and the descriptions vivid. Bottom line: I laughed, I cried, and I often stopped to ¿ponder¿ about these people. I can hardly wait to find the other stories he¿s written about this family. Highly recommended.
gbill on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"Franny and Zooey" was unremarkable to me; I'm really surprised to see such a high average rating. My favorite part of the slim paperback is personal; I got it from my parent's bookshelf years ago and within it is the inscription "To Nate and Donna from Bill and Nan Christmas 1964". Knowing that they had read it when it was relatively new and while I was a baby somehow made it more poignant, though the book itself was only "OK". There is something deeper to that that I just love: in a larger sense, despite the transience of all of our lives, humanity passing down its stories and art from generation to generation. Isn't that one of the great things about reading?
daizylee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One of my very favorite books, and my favorite Salinger.
jddunn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
For some reason, I¿d never gotten around to reading any non-Catcher Salinger until recently, but then I read Nine Stories a couple of months ago, and a friend mentioned some parallels between this and The Royal Tenenbaums, so I thought I¿d just continue the Salinger kick and see what it¿s all about. So far it¿s similar thematically and emotionally to Salinger¿s other stuff, but perhaps a bit more subtle and gentle.Upon finishing¿ it¿s just alright. A few really great bits, but it doesn¿t really hold together or go anywhere. Reminded me of Fathers and Sons in that way. Maybe I¿m just not that fond of straight-up character sketches.
jamclash on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I totally connected with this book on so many levels. A brother helping his sister/spiritual seeking/intellectual/emotional. One of my all time favorites.Reading this led me to "Way of the Pilgrim" an Eastern Orthodox spiritual tale.
gazzy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Snippets of life on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.
Magadri on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Part of the Glass Saga. I wouldn't start with this one if you are just getting into Salinger though. He definitely has a distinctive style that takes some getting used to. That said, I loved this book-- you can't help but feel like the characters are your own. Wonderful.
eesti23 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Franny and Zooey are sister and brother, who grew up in quite a large, educated and eccentric family. The two chapter story pivots around Franny's interest in a religious book that she found in her elder brothers' room, the 'Jesus Prayer' that she is saying and her near nervous breakdown. I loved chapter one of this book and even though chapter two focused largely on religion it was still interesting. The further explanation about the use of theatre in the novel, as described in the Yale lecture was also thought provoking.
Marliesd on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love this book. Not sure why.
ledge on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Ultimately this is a sharp, thoughtful, funny study of some particular relationships in a particular family at a particular moment. The scene with Zooey and his mother in the bathroom are a joy, and the development of the relationship between him and his brother Buddy, first as we read Buddy's letter and later as we learn about zooey's feelings towards him, have a depth that could justify rereading as often as Zooey seemingly rereads the letter. The mysticism is so-so, the final revelation is rather damp, the connection between the Jesus prayer and various eastern mantras is obvious but it's a nice moment when franny mentions it right after it has occurred to the reader. A few notes of the somewhat tiresome caulfield-esque adolescent "phony"-phobia creep in but for the most part, while not 100% likeable it is enjoyable to spend time in this family's company.
Britt84 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Started reading this one right after finishing 'The Catcher in the Rye', because I liked that one so much. Also really liked this book, not as much as 'The Catcher in the Rye', but still, a very nice novel.Again characters that are estranged from the rest of the world, outsiders, but also very different, because the characters are older. Gives you something to think about...I'm kinda feeling sorry Salinger didn't write that much...
ElCa0720 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The siblings in the book kinda get annoying that they complain a lot. I also found the mother annoying when she was talking to zooey and just was wanting to know everything. I was annoyed a lot through this book.
Georg.Miggel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Arrogant young siblings are talking about how boring and illiterate the rest of the world is. I hate self-pity but I still hate more this kind of patronizing pity for others shown by people who think they are brlliant übermenschen
Sandyflippers on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Even though critics hate this, I love how much Salinger put into the Glass family. I wish there was more about them (now that he's passed away, perhaps some obscure manuscripts about them will show up). The Glass family is so unique and witty, I love them. The two main scenes in "Zooey", the bathroom scene and the living room scene, are really spectacular. The bathroom scenes in one of my favorites. Still can't tell if I like Zooey or not, but mostly I find his sarcasm funny. I call everyone "buddy" just like he does-made me smile when I realized this the first time I read it.
jwhenderson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Rereading J. D. Salinger I am impressed with the books that his characters are reading. In the beginning section of Franny and Zooey, Lane Coutell is engaged by his classmate, Ray Sorensen in a brief interchange regarding Rilke's "Duino Elegies" which they both are supposedly reading for a class on modern European literature. While this is brief, merely an aside, reading and literature intrudes again within a few pages. Franny has arrived on a train and she and Lane settle in to relax at a cafe, one frequented by the "intellectual fringe" of students at the college, to which, apparently, Lane and Franny belong. Soon the conversation includes references to Flaubert and Dostoevsky and the true nature of the "bon mot". The contrast between Lane, who has written a paper on Flaubert (a writer whose search for authenticity is his hallmark) and Franny whose search for authenticity in her own life is floundering seems key to this short story. Disappointingly, Franny seeks solace in mysticism (The Way of a Pilgrim).
mthelibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A friend's daughter, a prolific reader and 13-year-old, read "Catcher in the Rye" and immediately checked out the rest of Salinger from the library. "Franny and Zooey" is on her top 10 favorites of all time. And with Salinger in the news, I finally picked up this book. While I still prefer "Catcher," I liked this one too. I hope he has a safe full of manuscripts!
irisrose on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The best of JD I think is this book.I have read this book so much it has become personal. I think once in a while you find a book that captures your life's essence, your mythologies and sentimentalities all in one book. This book does this for me.
joririchardson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Like Salinger's most popular book, "The Catcher in the Rye," this one is basically just one long rant that isn't always constructed in the most understandable or orderly of ways - which is what makes it enjoyable instead of tedious to read.This book was originally 2 novelettes published separately in the New Yorker. The "Franny" part is where most of the ranting about society comes in. The 2nd part, "Zooey," is basically an analysis of Franny's ranting.While it isn't the average fiction - no plot, only 4 characters, etc. - it certainly has good philosophy and ideas, and makes you think. The realistic dialogue is well done as well.
esigel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When we were teenagers, my friends and I thought J.D. Salinger was the height of sophistication: at turns ironic, falling-down funny and forever disdainful of convention and phoniness. This book, at least, hasn't worn that well for me. It consists of two long stories about different members of the Glass family, a theatrical family whose seven children are (were--the eldest, Seymour, killed himself) all brilliant, precocious and either eccentric or crazy, depending on your point of view.Salinger has wonderfully evocative, comic gifts, which are in full display in the scene, in the first story, of Lane and Franny in the restaurant on the day of the big football game, and in the second story, of Bessie, the mother, insisting on entering the bathroom to carry on an extended conversation while her son Zooey is lounging in the bath.But neither story has a plot, unless you count the fact that in both stories Franny, the youngest Glass child at age 20, is obsessed with saying the Jesus prayer ("Lord Jesus Christ have mercy on me) over and over. It's an obsession that disturbs her date, Lane, and her brother, Zooey, though in neither story is there any resolution of this conflict. By the end of the second story, the brilliant dialogue that Salinger writes has become tiresome, while Zooey's constant repetition of how he hates phonies winds up being, you guessed it, phony in its own right.
xicanti on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is, simply put, a remarkable book.If you want action, look elsewhere. This isn't a conventionally exciting book. It's dialogue-heavy. Most of it takes place in a single setting. Not much happens, in a physical sense.But if you want a book that does wonders with familial themes, uses dialogue to amazing effect, examines religious confusion and just generally packs a huge emotional wallop, look no further. This is your book.I'm in awe of Salinger, I really am. He has an amazing gift for revealing the inner workings of a person's mind without directly stating anything. He gives the reader all the pieces, then lets her put them together for herself. His dialogue has a real theatrical feel to it; it's almost as though we're actually there with Franny and Zooey, watching their conversations play out. It's amazing, pure and simple.You should read it. You really, really should.