It isn’t often readers have to wait 55 years to buy their favorite author’s latest book, but that’s exactly what’s happened with Harper Lee, the author of To Kill a Mockingbird.
Lee published To Kill a Mockingbird in 1960. It was made into a motion picture two years later.
The plot centers on Scout Finch, whose father Atticus, is an attorney who defends a black man in the pre-Civil Rights-era south who has been falsely accused of rape.
In the years that followed the novel’s publication, Lee wrote very little and withdrew from the public eye.
Go Set A Watchman
Written in the 1950s, Go Set a Watchman is set 20 years after To Kill a Mockingbird when Scout, now living in New York, goes to visit her father. The two have differing points of view in a changing world.
The novel arrived in bookstores throughout the world July 14 and is selling steadily in many markets. Fans also were taking to social media to show off photographs of themselves and their copies.
It will be interesting to discover if opinions of the novel match the excitement at its release.
Some readers had cancelled their preorders when it was leaked that Atticus is a segregationist in his old age.
Amazon and Barnes & Noble said the controversy is encouraging people to read the novel and join the conversation, forming their own opinions.
Other readers simply want to learn what happened to their beloved characters, good or bad.
Opinion columnist Lane Filler said on Newsday: “It’s unfortunate that this very fine new book, more emotionally complex than Mockingbird, completes the tale, because I could use one more. Lee has let us see how Atticus aged, and the truths she found in that process. If only I could see how Scout aged through adulthood, and what truths she found in the process, then I’d truly feel I’d gotten all Lee had to offer.”
It remains to be seen if others will agree with Filler and, if so, will there always be a piece of the Finch puzzle missing?
Were you one of the people eagerly awaiting Go Set a Watchman? What are your thoughts on the novel?
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