We are only a few days away from the release of Harper Lee’s next novel Go Set a Watchman, but even before the highly-anticipated release hits stores, it’s already breaking records.
According to Amazon Books, Lee’s Go Set a Watchman is now the most pre-ordered print title since the 2007 release of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
Not only is the new novel currently ranked at number-one, her previous classic To Kill a Mockingbird is ranked at number seven on the sales-charts.
Lee’s original masterpiece was released over fifty-years ago and when news broke that Lee would be releasing a new novel on July 14, 2015 fans rallied to support the author on social-media and continue to drive sales.
When the book was announced, the publisher confirmed that Lee had actually completed the new novel back in the 1950s but she never published the book until now.
Not exactly a sequel Go Set a Watchman is a spiritual successor to “To Kill a Mockingbird,” and will be a little more than 300 pages long.
Harper Lee said in a statement, “In the mid-1950s, I completed a novel called ‘Go Set a Watchman,’” adding, “It features the character known as Scout as an adult woman, and I thought it a pretty decent effort. My editor, who was taken by the flashbacks to Scout’s childhood, persuaded me to write a novel (what became ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’) from the point of view of the young Scout.
“I was a first-time writer, so I did as I was told. I hadn’t realized it (the original book) had survived, so was surprised and delighted when my dear friend and lawyer Tonja Carter discovered it. After much thought and hesitation, I shared it with a handful of people I trust and was pleased to hear that they considered it worthy of publication. I am humbled and amazed that this will now be published after all these years.”
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