From Harper Lee comes a landmark new novel set two decades after her beloved Pulitzer Prizewinning masterpiece,To Kill a Mockingbird.
Maycomb, Alabama. Twenty-six-year-old Jean Louise FinchScoutreturns home from New York City to visit her aging father, Atticus. Set against the backdrop of the civil rights tensions and political turmoil that were transforming the South, Jean Louises homecoming turns bittersweet when she learns disturbing truths about her close-knit family, the town, and the people dearest to her. Memories from her childhood flood back, and her values and assumptions are thrown into doubt. Featuring many of the iconic characters from To Kill a Mockingbird
, Go Set a Watchman
perfectly captures a young woman, and a world, in painful yet necessary transition out of the illusions of the pasta journey that can only be guided by ones own conscience.Written in the mid-1950s, Go Set a Watchman
imparts a fuller, richer under- standing and appreciation of Harper Lee. Here is an unforgettable novel of wisdom, humanity, passion, humor, and effortless precisiona profoundly affecting work of art that is both wonderfully evocative of another era and relevant to our own times. It not only confirms the enduring brilliance ofTo Kill a Mockingbird
, but also serves as its essential companion, adding depth, context, and new meaning to an American classic.
Equally significant today, and imbued with Lee's wisdom, humanity and humour. -- Justine East * Independent * It ignited a fascinating debate on the place and portrayal of racism in both books, as well as about the magic and hard graft of novel writing. -- Justine Jordan * Guardian * The caveats surrounding this companion volume to To Kill a Mockingbird melt away as you read the opening chapters and reacquaint yourself with Lee's beguiling narrative style - warm, sardonic, wryly funny, a sassy Southern voice...Go Set a Watchman zips along. * Sunday Times *