Short Story Sunday: A Perfect Day for Bananafish
A Perfect Day for Bananafish, J.D. Salinger
This story of a man just returned from the Army on a vacation with his wife is probably the first I’d ever read in which I didn’t see
the ending coming and I was completely shocked. First published in The New Yorker in 1948, the best place to find it now is probably in the collection Nine Stories: http://amzn.com/0316767727
Lately I’ve been working on the overwhelming task of thinning out my book collection; it’s something no book lover likes to do, but let’s face it, every once in a while it has to be done, either to clear clutter or make room for more.
It’s no surprise that a good portion of my collection is devoted to short story collections. I’ve read my share of great stories, and I’ve read my share of awful ones—but I’ve also read my share of a few that blew me away to the point at which I’ll never forget them. So instead of doing a typical “Top” list, I decided instead to focus on ones which fall into the last category (please note that in my “about” descriptions I tried to be spoiler-free). Do you have any that have made a lasting impression on you? Leave them in the comments.