The American classic To Kill A Mockingbird, a coming-of-age tale set amidst the racism of the Deep South in the 1930’s, is getting a sequel, fifty years after it was initially published. Yes, really, wipe that look off your face.
Harper Lee, the reclusive author of the book, announced that she would publish a novel she’d written in the 1950’s, described by the APas “essentially a sequel to ‘To Kill a Mockingbird,’ although it was finished earlier.”
Go Set A Watchman, Lee’s second novel ever, will follow the adult Scout Finch, the little girl at the center of To Kill A Mockingbird and will finally answer our burning questions about what the hell happened to Boo Radley. (Also, more Atticus Finch! We hope. We could always use more Atticus Finch.)
In a statement, Lee explained why Go Set A Watchman had been written before Mockingbird, and said that she thought the manuscript had been lost:
“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.”
Go Set A Watchman will be published this summer with an initial run of two million copies, so prepare your mind for more Atticus Finch.
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