Salinger Sequel Put to Rest

An unauthorised sequel of JD Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye called 60 Years Later: Coming Through the Rye won’t be released in North America.

Publisher’s Weekly reports that a settlement has been reached with the book’s Swedish author Fredrik Colting (publishing under the pseudonym John David California), who won’t “publish or otherwise distribute the book, e-book, or any other editions of 60 Years Later in the US or Canada until The Catcher in the Rye enters the public domain.” As Salinger only died last year this means a 70 year wait before 60 Years Later could be on shelves in the US. The settlement also prohibits Colting from using the subtitle “Coming Through the Rye”, from dedicating the book to Salinger or “using the litigation to promote the book”.

Beyond North America, it’s a different story with the book already published in the UK (though the Guardian reports the book was pulled) and Sweden. Colting has said “Let’s just say that the book will be published in a number of countries this year and I’m very pleased with that.” No Australian publisher has been identified for the book, but the book is being sold online (via Amazon in the UK) with a “Banned in the USA!” badge on the cover.

Based on reviews, Salinger fans aren’t holding their breath. One blog review from Melbournian Claire Catherine Jarvis gave it a definitive thumbs down:

The Catcher in the Rye was short, sharp and witty where 60 Years Later was the opposite – it just dragged on and on. I read two other books in the interim - I never once looked forward to picking this book up.”

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