Go Set a Watchman released 55 years after To Kill a Mockingbird

The much-anticipated July 14 release of Harper Lee’s “Go Set a Watchman” comes 55 years after the literary legend’s first novel, "To Kill a Mockingbird" became a worldwide sensation.

The much-anticipated July 14 release of Harper Lee’s “Go Set a Watchman” comes 55 years after the literary legend’s first novel, "To Kill a Mockingbird" became a worldwide sensation.

Last August, Lee's lawyer stumbled upon the manuscript. Now, the novel is hitting shelves and bookstores in the Twin Cities are excited for the literary spotlight.

“Just to get a dialogue going about novels, books, race in the country, is really good,” said Aaron Rosenberg of Magers and Quinn booksellers.

“Go Set a Watchman" is set at a time 20 years later. The story is a time capsule of the troubled South, as desegregation looms in the wake of Supreme Court rulings. The plot follows 26-year-old Scout, now called Jean Louise, as she wrestles with hard truths about her family and hometown.

Critics have been surprised about a controversial twist of racism for Atticus Finch, who served as the moral center in "To Kill a Mockingbird"


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