A nostalgic and bittersweet love story, Manhattan’s Babe is the illustrated English-language edition of French writer-filmmaker Frédéric Beigbeder’s 2014 novel, Oona & Salinger, a fictionalized account of the true-life love story of up-and-coming writer J.D. Salinger, 22, and Oona O’Neill, 16, the beautiful socialite daughter of the great American playwright. Their all-too-short romance blossomed during the summer of 1941, before the U.S. joined World War II. Then Salinger was drafted into the Army, and Oona went off to seek her fortune in Hollywood. Inspired by true events, with scenes, characterizations, dialogue, and letters imagined for dramatic purposes, Beigbeder asks the poignant question What would they say to each other if they had met again years later?
Illustrations by Rafael Alterio