NEW YORK (AP) — Critics dismissed it as a rough draft for To Kill a Mockingbird and readers despaired over an aging, racist Atticus Finch.
But Harper Lee‘s Go Set a Watchman is still a million seller.
HarperCollins announced Monday that Go Set a Watchman has already sold 1.1 million copies in the U.S. and Canada, a figure which includes first-week sales and months of pre-orders.
The publisher stunned the world in February when it revealed that a second novel was coming from Lee, who had long insisted that To Kill a Mockingbird would be her only book.
Watchman was completed before Mockingbird, but is set 20 years later. Critics and readers were startled to find Atticus disparaging blacks and condemning the Supreme Court’s decision to outlaw segregation in public schools.