Anyone who ever went to high school in the United States and maybe outside the US has read To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. It’s considered an American Lit classic and despite it’s success it’s Miss Lee’s only book. That is until now. HarperCollins today announced that Miss Lee will publish her first her book in over 50 years Like OMG! This is amazing. Not only is it a new book but it’s a sequel. Go Set a Watchmen follows an Adult Scout as she comes cack to Maycomb, Alambama.
The book is set during the mid-1950s, some 20 years after To Kill a Mockingbird. Scout (Jean Louise Finch) has returned to Maycomb from New York to visit her father Atticus and is forced to grapple with issues both personal and political as she tries to understand both her father’s attitude toward society, and her own feelings about the place where she was born and spent her childhood
This is awesome! It turns out that Go Set a Watchmen is actually Miss Lee’s first book. When she showed it to her editor, the editor said she should write about a young Scout, so she wrote To Kill a Mockingbird instead. She thought the manuscript was other destroyed or lost. Surprise! It was not.
Well it might not be all good news. HarperCollins only has contact with Miss Lee through her Lawyer and Literary Agent so there are questions about whether Miss Lee has really signed off on this. It would be sad if that was true and I hope that it is not true. I’m not sure if this is good or not but for now I am going to be excited about the new release and will wait patiently for July 14.