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The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

Holden Caulfield, a sixteen year old boy, about to be thrown out of yet another expensive school, decides to escape to New York. This is the story of a few days in his life. In New York he meets his kid sister, tries to lose his virginity and ponders on the nature of things. He has a peculiar kind of intelligence and is an unforgettable character.
Jerome David Salinger was born in New York.

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