To Kill A Mockingbird "sequel" coming this summer
Go Set a Watchman – Harper Lee’s previously-abandoned first novel and To Kill A Mockingbird sequel – will see the light of day on July 14, thanks to Harper Collins. "I thought it a pretty decent effort," said the 88-year-old author. "I am humbled and amazed that this will now be published after all these years."
Written in the mid-1950s, Lee put Watchman aside at the advice of her editor, fleshing out the novel’s flashback scenes into what would become To Kill A Mockingbird. Watchman sees an adult Scout Finch returning from New York to visit her father Atticus Finch in the fictional Southern town of Maycomb, Alabama.
Harper Collins: "She is forced to grapple with issues both personal and political as she tries to understand her father's attitude toward society, and her own feelings about the place where she was born and spent her childhood."
But as Jezebel points out, the recent death of Harper Lee’s sister and lawyer Alice Lee may make the details around Go Set a Watchman more devious than Harper Collins would want you to think. With Lee reportedly senile and ill, stemming from a stroke she had in 2007, and Lee’s attorney claiming that Lee often doesn’t understand the contracts she signs, is this “extraordinary gift” really a willful present or the exploitation of one of America’s most famous authors?