Good news for fans of the American literary classic, To Kill a Mockingbird — the book’s author, Harper Lee, plans to publish a sequel of sorts. This is a big deal because Go Set a Watchman will be the first novel Lee has published since the 1960 publishing of To Kill a Mockingbird.
In actuality, this “sequel” was written before To Kill a Mockingbird. Lee wrote Go Set a Watchman in the mid-1950s, but at the suggestion of her editor at the time, she wrote another novel following a child version of Scout Finch — the heroine in that second novel, To Kill a Mockingbird.
Go Set a Watchman follows an adult Scout as she returns to a fictional Alabama town to visit her father, Atticus.
According to the New York Times, “In a statement, Jonathan Burnham, Harper’s publisher, called the new novel ‘a compelling and ultimately moving narrative about a father and a daughter’s relationship, and the life of a small Alabama town living through the racial tensions of the 1950s.’”
Go Set a Watchman will be released July 14.