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“I would have liked to have known if Salinger saw Oona again after the war. That’s obviously the starry-eyed teen in me. I think it was Oona who inspired the Catcher that would forbid us forever from growing old.” —Frédéric Beigbeder
Join French writer-filmmaker Frédéric Beigbeder as he presents Manhattan’s Babe, the illustrated English-language edition of his bestselling novel, Oona & Salinger. A nostalgic and bittersweet love story, Manhattan’s Babe is a fictionalized account of the true-life romance between J.D. Salinger and Oona O’Neill, daughter of the great American playwright. The two first met in New York City in 1940, when Jerry Salinger, 21, was an up-and-coming writer and Oona, 15, was a beautiful and charming socialite who partied at the Stork Club with Truman Capote and Gloria Vanderbilt. Their all-too-short romance blossomed during the summer of 1941, just a few months before the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor and the U.S. joined World War II.
Inspired by true events, with scenes, characterizations, dialogue, and letters imagined for dramatic purposes, Beigbeder asks the poignant question, What would they say to each other if they had met again years later?Buy tickets/get more info now