Go Set a Watchman
Harper Lee's Second Novel
April 24, 2015
Fifty-five years ago, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee was released. A novel set in Maycomb, Alabama, it focuses on the life of six-year-old Jean Finch (Scout), her older brother, Jem, and their father, Atticus, who is working on case to free a wrongly convicted black man over the years 1933-1935. The book was an immediate success and won the Pulitzer Prize soon after its release. It has been adapted into a movie and a play. Since then, the novel has gathered thousands of fans and has been added to hundreds of high school curriculums in the country.
Despite the success of her novel, Harper Lee rarely gave interviews and, with the exception of a few short essays, never published another literary work. Well, on July 14, 2015 the sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird will be released. Named Go Set a Watchman, it revolves around Scout almost 20 years after the events in Maycomb. She returns to her hometown reflecting on her childhood, her family, and the events in 1950s America. Originally, this book was written in the mid-1950s, before To Kill a Mockingbird — but it was rejected and assumed to be lost — until found in late 2014. It is predicted to be a great novel, and has already gathered a fan base, having a 4.09 rating on goodreads.com, a few points short of Harper Lee’s previously published novel.