“Go Set A Watchman,” author Harper Lee’s new novel that takes place two decades after her Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece “To Kill A Mockingbird,” is a publisher’s dream come true.
The conversation about the discovery of “Watchman” has been going on for months. Following the book’s release this week, much attention has focused on revelations about Atticus Finch (the iconic father figure in “Mockingbird”), which are exciting and shocking at the same time.
Some people who have vowed not to read “Watchman” are disappointed that Atticus is portrayed as a segregationist with connections to the Ku Klux Klan. Others say that returning to Lee’s writing style and lyricism is a joy that is long overdue.
My copy is on my desk and I can’t wait to crack open the book.
Silas House, one of Kentucky’s best known living novelists, (who’s also a professor and radio host) was one of those who picked up his copy of “Go Set A Watchman” at midnight Monday evening. Although he had not finished the novel when I spoke to him, House said he was thrilled with what he had read and looked forward to completing Lee’s book.
You can also watch a segment that explains how “Watchman” came to be published and see Lee being presented with a copy of the book.