Harper Lee’s first book in over 50 years

Author of "To Kill a Mockingbird" reveals an unexpected second novel

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Harper Lee’s first book in over 50 years

Harper Lee in an older photo

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After years of relative obscurity, it was recently announced that the author of “To Kill a Mockingbird”, the now 88 year-old Harper Lee, will be publishing a new book. “Go Set a Watchman” will hit the shelves July 14th and is Lee’s first published work in more than 50 years.

The book takes place 20 years after “To Kill a Mockingbird” and centers around Scout, now an adult. Surprisingly, the book was actually completed before “To Kill a Mockingbird” in the 1950s, but was hidden away until now.

I was a first-time writer, so I did as I was told. I hadn’t realized it (“Go Set a Watchman”) 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.”

— Harper Lee

The publisher’s announcement describes the plot of the new book; Scout must overcome “personal and political” issues as she struggles to understand the views of her father (Atticus Finch) and society. “Go Set a Watchman” takes place in Maycomb, the same place Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” is set.

“To Kill a Mockingbird” remains a bestselling, beloved book that has sold millions of copies and won the Pulitzer prize. Since its publication, Lee has ignored the media, turning down most interviews/reporters. Because of this, many believed that she would never publish another book, but Lee has proved them wrong. The announcement of the publication of “Go Set a Watchman” has shocked the world.

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