Say it isn’t so, Boo!
Harper Lee’s unexpected new novel offers an unexpected and startling take on an American literary saint, Atticus Finch. Go Set a Watchman is set in the 1950s, 20 years after 89-year-old’s celebrated To Kill a Mockingbird, and finds Atticus hostile to the growing civil rights movement.
In one particularly dramatic encounter with his now-adult daughter, Scout, the upright Alabama lawyer who famously defended a black man in Mockingbird condemns the NAACP as opportunists and troublemakers and labels blacks as too ‘backward’ to ‘share fully in the responsibilities of citizenship.’
Will you be reading it?