On February 3rd, 2015 Harper Publisher, an imprint of HarperCollins, announced that Harper Lee, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel To Kill a Mockingbird, will be publishing a new book on July 14, 2015. The book, titled Go Set a Watchman, is Lee’s second novel and will be a sequel to the beloved classic that is taught in schools around the country today. Watchman is set twenty years after the ground-breaking Mockingbird and follows a now-adult Jean-Louise (Scout) Finch as she visits her childhood home.
There you have it, my hoity-toity, official announcement, but guys, I’m seriously ecstatic over this news. I still remember when I first read To Kill a Mockingbird. It was one of my mother’s favorite books as a kid and she wanted to pass on the wisdom from it to me and thus bought it for me to read long before it was required for me to do so for school. I have since read it several more times and even wrote a paper on it in college.
In the press release announcing this amazing news, HarperCollins reports that the sequel was actually written BEFORE the book we all know and love and, in fact, was the inspiration for Mockingbird. The manuscript was set aside when Mockingbird was published and was presumed lost until late last year when it was rediscovered. For more information, see the HarperCollins site.
The cover of Go Set a Watchman was released yesterday and immediately dispersed by a number of news outlets. I don’t know how any of you feel about the cover but I personally love it! It is reminiscent of the original cover of To Kill a Mockingbird. If any more information is released I will post it immediately. This will also be a book you can expect to be reviewed here.
Happy reading, bookworms!
The Photo image is courtesy of The Huffington Post at www.huffingtonpost.ca.