Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters: Seymour – an Introduction
Two long short stories first published in the New Yorker in the 1950s, ‘Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters’ and ‘Seymour, An Introduction’ are each narrated by writer Buddy Glass, a character often said to be a portrait of the author himself.
A haunting portrait of family tragedy from the acclaimed author of The Catcher in the Rye
‘He was a great many things to a great many people while he lived, and virtually all things to his brothers and sisters in our somewhat outsized family. Surely he was all real things to us: our blue-striped unicorn, our double-lensed burning glass, our consultant genius, our portable conscience, our supercargo, and our one full poet…’
These two novellas, set seventeen years apart, are both concerned with Seymour Glass – the eldest son of J. D. Salinger’s fictional Glass family – as recalled by his closest brother, Buddy.
‘The Glasses are one of the liveliest, funniest, most fully-realized families in all fiction’ The New York Times