April Hamilton's Reviews > Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters & Seymour: An Introduction

Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters & Seymour by J.D. Salinger
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Mar 23, 09

I'd suggest you read Nine Stories before you read this one. This book focuses mostly on the Glass family, and Salinger treats them with much more affection than the assortment of characters in Nine Stories. This book is less humorous and more thought-provoking, particularly on matters pertaining to what it means (and doesn't) to be part of a family. The stories also touch on how our best-laid plans to do right by one another can easily (and sometimes imperceptibly) go awry, as well as the seemingly meaningless words and actions that can have the most lasting impact.

This book reminded me of the work of Flannery O'Connor, in that characters often don't seem to know who they are or what their priorities are until they're put to a test.

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