Harper Lee, who wrote the beloved To Kill a Mockingbird, has written a sequel, Go Set a Watchman, scheduled for publication in July. It has already reached Best Seller stage with pre-orders.
It has been 55 years since she published her original novel, which has become, perhaps, one of the greatest American novels of all time. 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 (they didn't have computer back then to save things) 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.
The novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, won The Pulitzer Prize in 1961. Then in 1962, it was turned into a very successful movie of the same name starring Gregory Peck and received eight Academy Award nominations, capturing three awards: Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Actor and Art Direction. Later in 1990, it was turned in a play of the same name.
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. Amazon has it for sale at a 40% discount for $16.79.