A Perfect Day for Bananafish
A mentally unstable war veteran vacationed in Florida with his wife, who dismissed his struggles. He befriended a young girl and shared a tragic story before ultimately taking his own life.
Uncle Wiggily in Connecticut
Just Before the War with the Eskimos
Two high school classmates played tennis together, but one grew frustrated with always paying for their cab rides home. After confronting her friend and meeting her eccentric brother, she gained empathy and understanding.
The Laughing Man
A group of young boys, led by their mentor, bonded over sports and captivating stories about a mysterious, disfigured hero. The mentor's love interest joined their activities, but their relationship faced challenges.
Down at the Dinghy
A young mother comforted her sensitive son who decided to run away after hearing a thoughtless comment from the family's maid. Using empathy and imagination, she helped him overcome his hurt feelings.
For Esmé—with Love and Squalor
Pretty Mouth and Green My Eyes
A man received a late-night call from his friend, who was worried about his wife's whereabouts and their struggling marriage. The man offered advice and support, and the friend's wife eventually returned home.
De Daumier‑Smith's Blue Period