BOOKS

Salinger Suing Copycat

J.D. Salinger never had much tolerance for phonies: the reclusive author filed a lawsuit in a federal court in Manhattan seeking unspecified damages against the writer of the copycat book 60 Years Later: Coming Through the Rye. In the new book, written by a man with the pen name JD California, Caulfield is 76 and an escapee from a retirement home. The book is dedicated to Salinger, but the lawsuit says the book is “a ripoff pure and simple,” that doesn’t parody or comment upon the original. The character Holden Caulfield belongs exclusively to Salinger, the suit continues. California said he didn’t mean to cause Salinger, who lives in rural New Hampshire and hasn’t published for decades, any trouble.