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Scout is all grown up!

July 18, 2015

“Go set a watchman” is a novel that famous author Harper Lee actually wrote before her Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece, “To kill a mockingbird”.  Her editor originally suggested that she re-work the manuscript, presenting the main character Scout as younger. The revisions took two years, but when published, it was an instant classic.

Harper Lee in 2007

Harper Lee in 2007

Harper Lee is now 89 years old, and there is some controversy over whether she really wants this novel to have been published or not. For many years, she was adamant that she would never publish any other books.  In February 2015, the earlier manuscript was “discovered” but there are reports that it had been found back in 2011 by Ms Lee’s literary agent, but was not pursued. (Read the full New York Times article here).  In any case, all the exposure is sure to have increased interest in both of her two novels.

In “Go set a watchman”  Jean Louise ‘Scout’ Finch is now twenty-six-years-old, and returns home to Maycomb, Alabama to visit her ageing father, Atticus.  Set against the backdrop of the civil rights tensions and political turmoil that were transforming the American South, Jean Louise’s homecoming turns bittersweet when she learns disturbing truths about her close-knit family, the town and the people dearest to her. Memories from her childhood flood back to her, and her values and assumptions are thrown into doubt.

I’m dying to read it, and we’d love to hear your opinions too.  Is it as good as ‘Mockingbird’, not as good, or better?

– Natalie

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