The world was atwitter today with the announcement that Harper Lee was going to publish her second novel, 50 years after To Kill a Mockingbird.
The book, titled Go Set a Watchman, will be released by HarperCollins this coming July. It features the iconic character of Scout as an adult.
Lee wrote the book in the 1950s and never attempted to get it published. It was "rediscovered" recently and you can imagine the interest and enthusiasm the announcement has created.
Personally, I am excited to read the book, but I am also leery.
The feisty woman in the rocker above is an old lady now, one whom many claim is suffering from dementia.
I was already seeing debate online today by people who wonder if she isn't being pressured into publishing this book, which for decades the author herself didn't think was worth publishing.
Pure speculation, but I also wonder about the editing process and Lee's ability to participate in it.
HarperCollins certainly caught the literary world by surprise today, which is a real coup, that's for sure.
As for me, I would take a cast-aside manuscript by Harper Lee over much of the drivel currently being published, including a book which is soon to be released as a movie, which I am so sick of hearing about I refuse to even use its name anymore. I know, I am alone in that... sigh...
Have a great Tuesday evening!