Nine Stories (1953) is a collection of short stories by American fiction writer J. D. Salinger released in April 1953. It includes two of his most famous short stories, "A Perfect Day for Bananafish" and "For Esmé – with Love and Squalor". (Nine Stories is the U.S. title; the book is published in many other countries as For Esmé - with Love and Squalor, and Other Stories.)
The stories are:
* "A Perfect Day for Bananafish" * "Uncle Wiggily in Connecticut" * "Just Before the War with the Eskimos" * "The Laughing Man" * "Down at the Dinghy" * "For Esmé – with Love and Squalor" * "Pretty Mouth and Green My Eyes" * "De Daumier-Smith's Blue Period" * "Teddy"
In the J.D. Salinger benchmark "A Perfect Day for Bananafish," Seymour Glass floats his beach mate Sybil on a raft and tells her about these creatures' tragic flaw. Though they seem normal, if one swims into a hole filled with bananas, it will overeat until it's too fat to escape. Meanwhile, Seymour's wife, Muriel, is back at their Florida hotel, assuring her mother not to worry--Seymour hasn't lost control. Mention of a book he sent her from Germany and several references to his psychiatrist lead the reader to believe that World War II has undone him.