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The surprise announcement of the book by reclusive author Harper Lee came out of the blue on Feb. 3. Mockingbird is the only book Lee, 88, has written and she now lives in assisted living facility, where her eyesight and hearing are said to be failing.
The new book is set in the 1950s and follows an adult Scout (the child hero of Mockingbird) as she returns Alabama from her home in New York twenty years after the events in Mockingbird.
Go Set a Watchman was written before To Kill a Mockingbird but Lee’s editor did not think it worked as a novel and suggested she expand the flashbacks in Watchman into a stand-alone book, which became Mockingbird.
The original manuscript for Watchman was forgotten until Lee’s attorney Tonja Carter found it attached to a manuscript of Mockingbird among Lee’s possessions in storage and suggested she finally publish it.
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