Our August read is Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee. Lee is most famous for her prize-winning, much-loved To Kill A Mockingbird, which was published in 1960. It won the Pulitzer Prize that year and has gone on to become a classic of American Literature. Watchman was written before Mockingbird, but it takes place after, and it apparently has many of the same characters.
There has been much discussion on the publication of this book. Is Ms. Lee well enough to have made the decision to have it published after all these years? Mockingbird is such a remarkable book. Is there any way this can be anything but a disappointment?
I recently re-read To Kill A Mockingbird. I remembered it as a wonderful, thought-provoking book, but I had forgotten how elegantly written it was. What a pleasure her words are to savor.
I will start this book today and, with you, will see what all the fuss is about. We will meet on Tuesday, August 11 -- at 2pm and at 6pm – at Capital Public Radio to discuss these and other questions.
See you there.