Go Set a Watchman
Go Set a Watchman
Harper, Hardcover, 9780062409850, 288pp.
Publication Date: July 14, 2015
From Harper Lee comes a landmark new novel set two decades after her beloved Pulitzer Prize winning masterpiece, To Kill a Mockingbird.
Maycomb, Alabama. Twenty-six-year-old Jean Louise Finch "Scout" returns home from New York City to visit her aging father, Atticus. Set against the backdrop of the civil rights tensions and political turmoil that were transforming the South, Jean Louise's homecoming turns bittersweet when she learns disturbing truths about her close-knit family, the town, and the people dearest to her. Memories from her childhood flood back, and her values and assumptions are thrown into doubt. Featuring many of the iconic characters from To Kill a Mockingbird, Go Set a Watchman perfectly captures a young woman, and a world, in painful yet necessary transition out of the illusions of the past a journey that can only be guided by one's own conscience.
Written in the mid-1950s, Go Set a Watchman imparts a fuller, richer understanding and appreciation of Harper Lee. Here is an unforgettable novel of wisdom, humanity, passion, humor, and effortless precision a profoundly affecting work of art that is both wonderfully evocative of another era and relevant to our own times. It not only confirms the enduring brilliance of To Kill a Mockingbird, but also serves as its essential companion, adding depth, context, and new meaning to an American classic.
Harper Lee's Go Set a Watchman has sold millions of copies, but some feel it has not lived up to the hype. A bookstore owner in Traverse City, Mich., is giving readers a refund â�� and an apology. More at NPR.org
The critics have already weighed in on Go Set A Watchman. Now regular readers have had a chance to assess Harper Lee's new book. We hear reactions from Lee's home state of Alabama. More at NPR.org
NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with Spencer Madrie, the owner of the Ol' Curiosities and Book Shoppe in downtown Monroeville, Ala., for the reaction to Harper Lee's latest book, Go Set a Watchman. More at NPR.org
Depending on whom you ask, Go Set a Watchman is either a recently discovered first draft of To Kill a Mockingbird â�� or a failed sequel. Either way, critic Maureen Corrigan calls it "kind of a mess." More at NPR.org
Fans of To Kill a Mockingbird are in for a shock: In Harper Lee's new book, Go Set a Watchman, the beloved Atticus is a racist. NPR's Lynn Neary talks with Fresh Air book critic Maureen Corrigan. More at NPR.org
Lee once said she wanted to be the chronicler of "small-town, middle-class Southern life." Even without her highly anticipated second novel, Go Set a Watchman, many fans would say she succeeded. More at NPR.org
The first chapter of Harper Lee's Go Set A Watchman was published Friday in the Wall Street Journal and the Guardian newspaper, in advance of the book's release next week. NPR shares a reading from the opening of the book that features familiar characters and a new one. More at NPR.org
There's plenty of speculation about whether the octogenarian author really intended to release the manuscript, discovered by her lawyer last year. More at NPR.org
News of a second novel has raised concerns that the To Kill a Mockingbird author is being taken advantage of in her old age. But friend Wayne Flynt says Lee, 88, can "understand what's going on." More at NPR.org
The publisher Harper is releasing a new book by Harper in July â�� Harper Lee that is. It's a follow-up to To Kill A Mockingbird, though it was actually written first. More at NPR.org