(PCM) Reclusive, 88-year old author Harper Lee best known for her first and only novel “To Kill A Mockingbird” that was published back in 1960, has announced that she will finally be publishing her second novel later this summer over fifty years later.
The title of the new book will be “Go Set A Watchman” and will be released via her publisher, Harper. It has been reported that the new novel, which was actually completed in the 1950’s, takes place when Scout Finch, the heroine of “To Kill A Mockingbird”, is grown up and looking back on her childhood. It is said to feature many of the same characters and in the book Scout will return from New York to Maycomb, Alabama to visit her father Atticus.
“To Kill A Mockingbird” has remained a staple in pop culture for five decades and even won Lee the Pulitizer Prize for literature when it was released. The novel has sold over 40 million copies across the globe. According to her publisher, the new novel, “Go Set A Watchman” was actually completed prior to the release of “To Kill A Mockingbird”. Lee was asked by an editor to rework the story for Scout’s perspective and the completed edits became the famous “To Kill A Mockingbird” story.
Lee was under the assumption for many years that the manuscript for “Got Set A Watchman” had either been lost or destroyed until it was recently located by her friend and lawyer Tonja Carter. After it was discovered, Lee shared it with a few close friends and colleagues who determined it worth of publication. Harper plans to produce about 2 million copies of the new book.