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55 after her first and only novel To Kill A Mockingbird was published, Harper Lee, 88, is set to release its new sequel - well sort of.
The soon-to-be-released novel, Go Set A Watchman, isn't exactly new as Lee wrote Watchman back in the 1950s, even before writing Mockingbird.
"My editor, who was taken by the flashbacks to Scout’s childhood, persuaded me to write a novel from the point of view of the young Scout," said Lee in a statement released by her publisher, HarperCollins. "I was a first-time writer, so I did as I was told."
We're sure that Lee is happy she listened to her editor, because as we all know, Mockingbird went on to become a modern classic. However, that gives Watchman quite a bit to live up to, doesn't it? No pressure, though.
From what we know so far, Go Set A Watchman will tackle many of the same issues of morality and racial discrimination that Mockingbird dealt with. The novel is centered around a now grown Scout Finch returning to Maycomb from her life in New York to go visit her father Atticus. According to the statement from her publisher, "[Scout] 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 more than a half-century-old manuscript was thought to be lost to time, until Lee's friend and Lawyer Tonja Carter discovered a copy attached to an original typescript of To Kill A Mockingbird last year.
"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. I am humbled and amazed that this will now be published after all these years," said Lee in a statement.
We are equally amazed and extremely excited for Go Set A Watchman to published. So mark your calendars for a trip to the bookstore, everyone: Go Set A Watchman is set to be released on July 14 of this year.