It’s perfect, really, how this went down. Poetic even.
A recluse since the success and acclaim of her first published and Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, Harper Lee – or more accurately, Harper Lee’s people – dropped a literary bomb: she wrote another book. It’s set for release in July despite being written 55 years ago, before To Kill a Mockingbird, with the setting of the book taking place 20 years later.
I suppose if you’re much of a reader or writer, I’m not telling you anything you don’t already know. The internets were ablaze with the news, with Harper Lee and Go Set a Watchman trending with the announcement.
I’m among the legions who profess TKAM as their favorite book of all time–I wish I could come up with something different (just to be different), but I’d be lying. Atticus Finch is one of the most beloved fictional characters of all time, and who doesn’t love Boo Radley turning out to be a hero? Plus, chifforobe–what a word! I mean, I’m Southern from before birth, but I’ve never been able to use the term without feeling like a fraud.
Because I hadn’t seen anything about the origin of the title Go Set a Watchman, I checked my sources (aka Google) and was surprised at what I found…a passage in Isaiah about the fall of Babylon.
Which sets the stage for an interesting read….
(Delivery anticipated July 2015; pre-order your copy today.)
I know, I know!! Can you even believe it? God bless Harper Lee for release more of her words to the world. I reckon we need to hear her prophetic voice now more than ever.
I’m so wildly curious, Richella. She wrote this book before TKAM, so how will Scout and Atticus look 20 years older? Will Boo make an appearance? I cannot wait!
Have you read, The Mockingbird Next Door? If not, you must. Very interesting non-fiction book about Harper and her sister.
No, Robin, but now that you’ve mentioned it, it sounds familiar. Maybe I’ve picked it up and thought about it? I don’t know…and again, I’m curious to know more after reading a little about Alice (her sister) and Nelle and her agent and…??? So many questions, you know?