Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee
Publishing Date: July 14, 2015
From Deet: There seems to be a bit of a mystery surrounding this novel. It was written before TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD but Lee’s publisher asked her to rewrite it from the viewpoint of Scout as a child and the rewrite was published. This version was thought by Lee to be lost but it came to Harper Collins, the publisher, shortly before Lee’s sister died in Nov. 2014 but not from the sister but from the attorney that took over for Lee’s sister, a Ms. Carter . Harper Lee’s sister was Lee’s attorney, manager and protector. Lee, is 88 years old, nearly deaf, has macular degeneration, suffered a stroke in 2007 and lives in an assisted living facility. It is unclear just how involved Ms. Lee was in the decision to publish this manuscript. It remains unclear how the original manuscript was discovered. As wonderful as TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD is, and I have no doubt that this book will be worth the hype and a read, I’m wondering if a book about the finding and publishing of this new book wouldn’t be even more interesting.
An historic literary event: the publication of a newly discovered novel, the earliest known work from Harper Lee, the beloved, bestselling author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning classic, To Kill a Mockingbird.
Originally written in the mid-1950s, Go Set a Watchman was the novel Harper Lee first submitted to her publishers before To Kill a Mockingbird. Assumed to have been lost, the manuscript was discovered in late 2014.
Go Set a Watchman features many of the characters from To Kill a Mockingbird some twenty years later. Returning home to Maycomb to visit her father, Jean Louise Finch—Scout—struggles with issues both personal and political, involving Atticus, society, and the small Alabama town that shaped her.
Exploring how the characters from To Kill a Mockingbird are adjusting to the turbulent events transforming mid-1950s America, Go Set a Watchman casts a fascinating new light on Harper Lee’s enduring classic. Moving, funny and compelling, it stands as a magnificent novel in its own right.