“Since Atlanta, she had looked out the dining-car window with a delight almost physical.”
So begins Pulitzer Prize-winner Harper Lee’s new book, “Go Set a Watchman,” the highly anticipated sequel of her 1960 bestselling novel “To Kill a Mockingbird.”
The first chapter — told from the perspective of an adult Scout, otherwise known as Jean Louise Finch — was unveiled by the Guardian and Wall Street Journal on Friday. (Read it here.)
She’s heading by train from New York to her hometown, the fictional Maycomb, Alabama, to visit her father who refuses to retire from his law firm. The story is set in the 1950s, 20 years after “To Kill a Mockingbird.”
Publisher HarperCollins said preorders for the book “Go Set a Watchman,” which is slated for release on Tuesday, are the highest in the company’s history.
The book, which Lee wrote in the mid-1950s before “To Kill a Mockingbird,” was embraced in concept by the many who adore the story of Scout and her father Atticus Finch, but raised questions about whether the reclusive author fully approved of its release. Lee’s lawyer Tonja Carter and literary agent Andrew Nurnberg have insisted she is pleased with its publishing at last.
PBS NewsHour chief arts correspondent Jeffrey Brown talks to filmmaker Mary Murphy and author Wally Lamb about the revelation of Harper Lee’s book.