by Padgett Powell

The protagonist is a precocious adolescent in a dysfunctional middle class family, growing up in the black community of South Carolina. This is a challenging novella which I re-read in quick succession to capture the true nuances of its rich language, and to relive the memory of reading ‘Catcher in the Rye’ for the first time.


One time I said: 'I’m worried, Theenie.'
'What choo worrit about.' Not a question, a denial of my right or cause to worry, against the larger monopoly of adult rights.
‘Puberty.' I looked at her to see if it worked. She looked like a horse in a stall wondering whether to kick a careless stable boy, eyes orbiting in quick white slices like quarter moons.
'I’m worried about this thing called puberty.'
'You scudgin’ me. Why you wont to grind me, Sim?' …


Catcher in the Rye by J D Salinger
Anything by by William Faulkner

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