Harper Collins P. released the information that they will be publishing a new book from Harper Lee.
It was the first manuscript she submitted to them, but they thought that the story of why the character (Scout, as an adult) was returning home and they published that instead of Go Set A Watchman.
After Monday, July 13th. we get to read that novel. Woo-Hoo!
I immediately ordered it and set about sharing the good news with my close friends.
I guess that all of us To Kill A Mockingbird lovers are as mixed a lot as any group of people. I am thrilled, but I keep hearing back that the new book will most likely be a disappointment or be lacking in some undefined manners. TKaM is one of the half-dozen or so books that I re-read at least every year. I think that for many of us fans reading it again before reading the sequel is going to be a unique, once-in-a-lifetime pleasure.
Well, duh. It puts this in the perspective of my never having used that culturally guttural sound of disbelief before now.
I am not alone in believing that TKaM is flawless. That, however, does not mean that GSaW has to be anything more than the inspiration for her first book. That the manuscript survived all this time is a miracle that I, for one, will not judge, only blissfully stew in the five month wait. Anticipation is a good thing. Patience is, too. Embracing this book, even if it turns out to be a mess...which it will not...is something I am grateful to have lived long enough to experience.
When I shared this information with my daughter she replied, "That's crazy, is she gonna write 1 book per century?"
We should only be so lucky