Real or Not Real?

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The Salinger Contract by Adam Langer

The whole time I was reading The Salinger Contract I kept wondering if it was real. There were real places and real people. Could the story, as far-fetched as it seemed at times, actually be real? Could Dex Dunford be real? Could HE be the reason Salinger and Harper Lee are solitary authors who only published one novel (well, until recently for Ms. Lee)? Adam Langer’s book will have you asking questions like this and pondering the real personalities versus media personalities of some well-known authors.

I throughly enjoyed this mysterious author adventure. The novel explores what it takes to write a novel, why an author writes and what constitutes as a true audience. Is it just a couple a of people or the masses?

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I enjoyed the nods to famous authors, many of whom I have not read, but recognized as being giants in the industry. Langer, our storyteller, has chosen the names of Ramona and Beatrice for his children. I couldn’t help but smile thinking of my childhood days reading Ramona the Pest. Connor’s son is named Atticus and with the repeated references to Harper Lee, I’m sure it’s no coincidence that name was chosen.

For me, beyond the thoughts about what inspires an author to write and why do they write in the first place, I enjoyed the pacing of the book the most. It followed Connor and his increasingly bizarre and frantic behavior as he shared his story with Langer. As the novel progressed, and the story picked up and became more dangerous, I found it increasingly more difficult to put the book down. When I got to the end, it was hard to believe it was done. But all the loose ends were tied off with just an air of further mystery.

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Real or Not Real?

The Salinger Contract

Author: Adam Langer
Published on: September 17, 2013
Pages: 269
Genres: mystery, adult
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My Rating: four-stars

About Adam Langer

Adam Langer is a journalist, author, playwright and filmmaker.

His work has been featured most recently on NPR's Selected Shorts, in The Best Men's Stage Monologues 2000, and The Best Women's Stage Monologues 2000, as well as in the Chicago Reader's Fiction Issue, and in the literary magazine Salt Hill. His plays have been produced in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, and numerous other cities throughout the United States. His 2000 play, Coaster, received rave reviews from numerous publications, including the Chicago Sun-Times and the Chicago Tribune.

He is the writer and director of the film The Blank Page, distributed by Troma. In addition to his novels, Crossing California, Ellington Boulevard, The Washington Story and The Thieves of Manhattan, Langer is the author of three nonfiction reference works: CitySmart Guide to Chicago, Film Festival Guide, and The Madness of Art. He also wrote a memoir about his father, My Father's Bonus March.

As a journalist, he worked as a features writer and theater critic for the Chicago Reader and has had his work published in numerous newspapers and periodicals, including Mother Jones, the Chicago Tribune, Men's Journal and Rolling Stone.

Langer holds a B.A. from Vassar College and an M.A. from the University of Illinois. He was a playwright-in-residence at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and was a winner of a National Arts Journalism fellowship at Columbia University (2000-2001). He has lectured on writing and journalism at Northwestern University, University of Illinois at Chicago, Columbia College, and Pace University. He has been a frequent radio and television guest in Chicago and New York and has been featured on such stations as WGN-TV, CNN Headline News, Fox News, E! Entertainment Network, and National Public Radio, among others.

He lives in New York City.

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