Go Set a Watchman

Harper Lee, of To Kill a Mockingbird fame, died the day before yesterday. Imagine my surprise when I found that my local public library had an electronic copy of her second novel Go Set a Watchman available. I’m barely into the book, but it’s excellent. LATER: I won’t say much more here, because the whole plot turns on an enormous spoiler. But now I can see why this novel, written first, couldn’t get published at the time. And yet it works perfectly as a sequel. Once you read Mockingbird and fall in love with the characters, Watchman lets you find out what happened to them in later years. I’m glad someone persuaded Harper Lee, rightly or wrongly, to publish. May she rest in peace.

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