If you’ve been waiting on the edge of your seat for sixty years, it’s finally here. The next chapter in Holden Caulfield’s life.
A Swedish publisher is releasing a sequel to J.D. Salinger’s acclaimed 1951 bildungsroman The Catcher in the Rye.
60 Years Later: Coming Through the Rye, follows an older Caulfield on a similar journey as in its predecessor. It even ends with the 76-year-old protagonist standing by a Central Park carousel.
Frederik Colting, the Swedish author, originally tried publishing the book two years ago, claiming that it was parody of the original.
Then 90-year-old Salinger’s lawyers blocked the publication, arguing that the sequel was nothing but a rip off. Colting’s lawyers signed a settlement last month, allowing publication in all but the U.S. and Canada until Salinger’s copyright expires.
If all interested publishers follow through, readers in six countries will get to enjoy the ramblings of an angsty and confused 70-something. (via The Guardian)