Fans of the beloved Harper Lee novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” rejoiced when they heard about the release of the classic novel’s sequel titled “Go Set a Watchman.” The second installment written by Lee decades ago will be published this July and follows the same characters found in its predecessor, including Scout and Atticus. In “Go Set a Watchman,” Scout is all grown up and Atticus is still working in their tiny Alabama town but with a whole new set of problems to face.
While the immediate response to the news was a mix of excitement and celebration for many of Lee’s fans, there are also many who are skeptical about the timeline of the sequel’s publication. Lee suffered a stroke in 2007, after which she was legally represented by her sister, Alice Lee. After Alice’s death in November 2014, Harper found herself in the middle of some very public disputes with her agent. The recent and sudden appearance of “Go Set a Watchman” generates speculation that the author’s interests are no longer being protected.
No matter the reasoning behind the recent decision to publish Lee’s forthcoming novel, there’s no doubt the “Mockingbird” sequel will answer questions for fans of the infamous father-daughter duo Atticus and Scout Finch. Whether you were a fan of the treasured classic novel or simply read it because it was a required assignment in high school, you’ll want to be sure you get your hands on a copy of “Go Set a Watchman.”