Franny and Zooey
Franny and Zooey

The first part, "Franny," is significantly shorter than the second. It takes place in an unnamed college town during the weekend of "the Yale game" and tells the tale of an undergraduate who is becoming disenchanted with the selfishness and inauthenticity she perceives all around her.

The second much longer section is named for "Zooey", Franny's brother, older by five years, a somewhat emotionally toughened genius who at the age of twelve had "a vocabulary on an exact par with Mary Baker Eddy's." As Franny suffers a spiritual and existential breakdown in her parents' Manhattan living room - leaving Bessie, her mother, deeply concerned - Zooey comes to her aid, offering what he thinks is brotherly love, understanding, and words of sage advice.

Genre
Fiction
Topics
Conduct of life, dialogue, relationships, zen buddhism
Publisher
Penguin
Author
J. D. Salinger
Format
Paperback

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