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Nine Stories | Story Summaries


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"A Perfect Day for Bananafish" Muriel Glass, a girl "who for a ringing phone dropped exactly nothing," sits in mules and a white dressing gown, reading... Read More
"Uncle Wiggily in Connecticut" Mary Jane, who has time off from work because her boss is laid up at home with a hernia, gets lost trying to navigate th... Read More
"Just Before the War with the Eskimos" Ginnie Mannox and Selena Graff are two well-off Manhattan teenagers who attend the same private girls' school and have p... Read More
"The Laughing Man" The unnamed narrator reflects back on a memory from 1928, when he was nine years old and belonged to an after-school org... Read More
"Down at the Dinghy" Two household servants, Sandra and Mrs. Snell, sit over tea, waiting for the evening bus that will take Mrs. Snell, who ... Read More
"For Esmé—With Love and Squalor" The jovial Nameless Narrator (Staff Sergeant X) begins by telling the reader he just received an airmail invitation to a... Read More
"Pretty Mouth and Green My Eyes" A middle-aged man with carefully maintained gray hair lies in bed smoking a postcoital cigarette with a young woman with... Read More
"De Daumier-Smith's Blue Period" After the death of his mother, the nameless 19-year-old narrator moves from Paris, where he spent the formative decade o... Read More
"Teddy" Mr. McArdle, the father of 10-year-old Theodore "Teddy" McArdle, repeatedly asks his son to stop standing on his brand-n... Read More
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