So if you didn’t see this in the news yesterday, there’s a sequel to Harper Lee’s wonderful book, To Kill a Mockingbird! According to an ABC News report, Lee’s second book is called Go Set a Watchman. It’s been over fifty years since she published To Kill a Mockingbird. Publisher Harper-Collins announced that the 304 page book will be available in print on July 14. And it’s already No. 1 on Amazon’s bestsellers list.
So what’s it about?
The book is set in Macomb during the 1950s and it’s about Scout as a young woman. Here’s what Harper-Colllins has to say:
Scout (Jean Louise Finch) has returned to Maycomb from New York to visit her father, Atticus. She is forced to grapple with issues both personal and political as she tries to understand her father’s attitude toward society, and her own feelings about the place where she was born and spent her childhood.
How did this happen?
The manuscript was discovered by Harper Lee’s good friend and lawyer, Tonja Carter. It was attached to a draft of To Kill a Mockingbird and had not been noticed until then. Lee actually wrote Go Set a Watchman before To Kill a Mockingbird. Harper-Collins issued this statement with some of Lee’s comments about the book:
In the mid-1950s, I completed a novel called ‘Go Set a Watchman. It features the character known as Scout as an adult woman, and I thought it a pretty decent effort. My editor, who was taken by the flashbacks to Scout’s childhood, persuaded me to write a novel (what became ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’) from the point of view of the young Scout.
I was a first-time writer, so I did as I was told. I hadn’t realized it (the original book) had survived, so was surprised and delighted when my dear friend and lawyer Tonja Carter discovered it. After much thought and hesitation, I shared it with a handful of people I trust and was pleased to hear that they considered it worthy of publication. I am humbled and amazed that this will now be published after all these years.
Harper Lee is 88-years-old and lives in an assisted living facility in her home town, Monroeville, Alabama. Although she keeps a low profile, she is still in tune with modern technology. To Kill a Mockingbird is already available in e-book form, an approval that came directly from Lee, and her new book will be too!
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