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A New Look at Atticus

Wednesday, July 22, 2015 | Permalink

Go Set A Watchman, the new/old book by Harper Lee, may be a great book, or it may be a terrible book, or it may be a terrible disappointment for readers who loved Atticus Finch BEFORE he was a racist. Whichever it is, it's a book that has sparked more conversation than any new book in my memory. 

Have you decided to read it? Will you come share your thoughts with us on August 11? We have scheduled two separate groups on the 11th, and for all our future Face to Face meetings, in order to allow for as many people as possible. You may choose our original 6pm meeting or our new 2pm group. I'll be leading them both, and I cannot wait to hear what you think.

I've been on a roadtrip this July, so reading time is left until the end of the day, when I am overloaded with memories of my day. This book, and all the words surrounding it, keep me going until late at night.  I'm still not sure what my review will be, but I am very glad I didn't turn my nose up and refuse to read it.  I am also very glad I took the opportunity to re-read To Kill A Mockingbird before this came out.  I will admit that Atticus Finch has long been a literary hero of mine, and I was sorry to hear (before reading it myself) that he turned into a very different person from the one Scout loves in Mockingbird. But is he really? Do I need to go back and read Mockingbird again to search for hints?

All these questions, and hopefully some answers, await us all. Please join us at one of our meetings in August to find out.  Remember, you don't need to love it to talk about it.  Join the conversation on Tuesday, August 11, at either 2pm or 6pm. We're saving a seat for you. 

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