The story: This book, of course, follows the same characters from To kill a mockingbird, published in 1960. This time, the setting is the same in Maycomb, Alabama but twenty-six year-old Jean-Louise Finch is no longer called Scout and she is merely visiting her father, Atticus, from New York City.
The highlights: I have to say, I wish I hadn’t read this book! Like many readers, I loved To kill a mockingbird and I was keen to read the book that started Scout, Jem and Atticus’s story. But this book is a first draft. It was originally rejected by publishers. Harper Lee was advised to rewrite it, focusing more on Jean-Louise’s childhood memories. And Harper Lee did rewrite it, or used those childhood flashbacks to create a fresh manuscript which became To kill a mockingbird. Lee claimed she would never write or publish another novel. Certainly, there are a few versions of the story to publication for Go set a watchman – The New York Times had an interesting piece on it which you can read here.
I’m interested to know whether you have read it, and if so, were you glad or disappointed in it? Let me know in the comments!