Have you heard the news? After more than 50 years, Harper Lee is publishing a second novel, a sequel to the always famous To Kill a Mockingbird. It will be called Go Set a Watchman, will release on July 14, 2015, and will revisit Scout as an adult.
Although the novel is only now being published, it was actually completed in the mid-1950s and then lost until recently, when the original transcript of TKAM was unearthed, with the manuscript for GSAW attached. After running the idea of publication past a small group of trusted friends and confidantes, Lee has decided to bless the world with its release.
TKAM was a runaway success, winning a Pulitzer, inspiring a classic film, and becoming required reading for millions. It enjoys continuing popularity to this day, and for sure many of Lee’s fans have wondered why the author never published a second book. For many, this announcement is the fulfillment of impossible hopes and dreams.
I’m sure the world is eagerly awaiting July, but until then, check out this NPR article for more info.