‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ is still revered as one of America’s most beloved books. Now, 55 years later, its author Harper Lee is releasing its sequel.
The 88-year-old author of the bestseller gained critical acclaim after releasing ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’. It sold over 40 million copies since it was released in 1960 and made Lee famous, despite it being her first and only novel. Well, until yesterday’s major announcement was made.
After more than half a century, the reputation that the writer has built with just one book is growing bigger after the announcement of a newly discovered novel, which is due to be published next summer.
Entitled ‘Go Set A Watchman’, the upcoming book was unexpectedly written by Lee before her powerful Pulizer Prize-winning novel but was reportedly lost. It was rediscovered last autumn.
‘Go Set A Watchman’ is a sequel set 20 years after the events of ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’. It features the same characters, the same city and the same heroine, Scout, who returns from New York to the fictional city of Maycomb to visit her father Atticus.
Though Lee has spent her entire life far away from the public eye, throngs of people have headed to her hometown of Monroeville, in Alabama, to see the inspiration of her debut novel, which tells the powerful story of racial injustice in the middle of the civil rights movement.
With ‘Go set A Watchman’, the author is now giving her fans a precious gift that they have long waited for.