The Return Of Holden Caulfield
If you've been wondering what Holden Caulfield has been doing for the last sixty years or so, your wait is almost over. And you might be pleased to know that J.D. Salinger's icon of teenage angst hasn't aged a day. Mary O'Connell, best known as a YA author, has penned an adult novel about a high school girl who runs into the Catcher In The Rye protagonist while searching for her literature teacher in New York City. According to the The New York Times, the book, In The Rye, has been acquired by Amy Einhorn Books (an imprint of Putnam).
It's not clear how O'Connell cleared the rights with Salinger's notoriously protective estate. His family has been extremely protective of the author's legacy, attempting to ban t-shirts and merchandise featuring his face and filing lawsuits to block books and movies that draw inspiration from Salinger's works. Most recently, in 2011, the estate prevented the U.S. publication of 60 Years Later: Coming Through The Rye by Swedish author Fredrik Colting (aka John David California). The book's protagonist, Mr. C, was an elderly version of Salinger's most famous character. On the bright side, by almost all accounts, American citizens were fortunate to be spared from the book.
Are you interested in catching up with Holden, or is anyone other than Salinger just a phony?
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