New Harper Lee Novel Coming Later This Year
Here's some news that's as surprising as it is exciting: A second novel by Harper Lee will be published later this year.
Go Set a Watchman, which will be released in July, follows Scout from To Kill a Mockingbird as an adult. It was actually written before To Kill a Mockingbird—Watchman included flashbacks to Scout's childhood, and an editor encouraged Lee to focus on those, giving birth to Mockingbird, one of the most enduring novels... well, ever.
Here's more, from The Guardian:
Lee said today that she “hadn’t realised” the book had survived, “so was surprised and delighted when my dear friend and lawyer Tonja Carter discovered it”. Carter found the manuscript, said the publisher, “in a secure location where it had been affixed to an original typescript of To Kill a Mockingbird”.
“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,” she finished.
Scout's father, Atticus, will be back, along with other characters from Mockingbird. According to the publisher, Scout returns to Maycomb from New York to visit her father, where she 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."
Not much more to say to this than: Wow. Just, wow. If I need to tell you why this is a big deal, find a new hobby.
How excited are you, on a scale of one to your head exploding?
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