Have I died and gone to literary heaven?
I must have. Because the impossible has finally come to pass.
Harper Lee is releasing a second book.
A statement was released to news outlets this morning, in which Lee announced her second book, “Go Set a Watchman,” will be released July 14. Lee is the award-winning author behind the classic “To Kill a Mockingbird.”
Characters Scout (Jean-Louise) and Atticus Finch will return to the pages of literature in “Go Set a Watchman,” which Lee actually penned before she wrote “To Kill a Mockingbird.” The book is set 20 years after the events of “Mockingbird,” but Lee’s publisher urged her to write more about Scout’s childhood and less about her adulthood. Thus, “Mockingbird” was born and “Watchman” settled into obscurity.
Fortunately for readers everywhere, Lee’s friend and lawyer Tonja Carter rediscovered the “Watchman” manuscript affixed to an original typescript of “Mockingbird,” the Associated Press reported.
Entertainment Weekly summarizes the upcoming book:
Go Set a Watchman takes place in Maycomb, Alabama, about 20 years following the events of To Kill a Mockingbird. In the novel Scout comes back to Maycomb from New York to visit Atticus, and, according to the announcement, “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 Associated Press reports the book is 304 pages and will have a first printing of 2 million copies.
I haven’t been this excited about a book release since “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” was released July 21, 2007.
I can’t wait to meet Scout and Atticus between book covers again.