Harper Lee comes out with sequel to “To Kill a Mockingbird”

Russell Finelsen, Staff Writer, Assistant Editor, Sports Editor

Many of us have read To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee. Whether it was for a school assignment or for pleasure, one might have wished that Lee came out with a sequel to the book. Well, the wish came true.

Lee has come out with a sequel of the book, which was wildly acclaimed around the world. The new book is called Go Set a Watchman. Lee said to usatoday.com that: “[The new book] features the character known as Scout as an adult woman, and I thought it a pretty decent effort. My editor, who was taken by the flashbacks to Scout’s childhood, persuaded me to write a novel (what became To Kill a Mockingbird) from the point of view of the young Scout.”

The book is set in the same town as To Kill a Mockingbird, the rural town of Maycomb, Alabama.  “Scout (Jean Louise Finch) has returned to Maycomb from New York to visit her father, Atticus. She is forced to grapple with issues both personal and political as she tries to understand her father’s attitude toward society, and her own feelings about the place where she was born and spent her childhood.”

The new book will come out on July 14, 2015. Ironically, the book will come out three days after To Kill a Mockingbird came out in 1960. The original book won a Pulitzer Prize and was made into a movie in 1962.

The new book is set 20 years after To Kill a Mockingbird. The original book was set in the 1950s. Scout’s hometown, Maycomb, is based on Lee’s hometown of Monroeville, Alabama. She still lives in the town today.

There will be two million copies first printed for Go Set a Watchman, Lee’s second book.