Fifty-five years after her first novel, Harper Lee is finally releasing a follow-up: her publisher announced that it would be releasing a new book by the reclusive author and that the book would be a sequel to the beloved classic To Kill A Mockingbird.
The book was completed in the 1950s, and was Lee’s attempt at telling the story of an adult Scout Finch. Her editor preferred the flashbacks to Scout’s youth, and convinced her to put it on hold to write the book that would eventually become one of the greatest novels of all time.
“I hadn’t realized [the first book] had survived,” Lee said in a statement, “so [I] 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.”
AP reports some stuff sometimes:
According to publisher Harper, Carter came upon the manuscript at a “secure location where it had been affixed to an original typescript of `To Kill a Mockingbird.'” The new book is set in Lee’s famed Maycomb, Alabama, during the mid-1950s, 20 years after “To Kill a Mockingbird” and roughly contemporaneous with the time that Lee was writing the story. The civil rights movement was taking hold by the time she was working on “Watchman.” The Supreme Court had ruled unanimously in 1953 that segregated schools were unconstitutional, and the arrest of Rosa Parks in 1955 led to the yearlong Montgomery bus boycott.
“Scout (Jean Louise Finch) has returned to Maycomb from New York to visit her father, Atticus,” the publisher’s announcement reads. “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.”
The sequel’s title is Go Set a Watchmen, and it will be available July 14.
Pretty huge, right!?