To Kill A Mockingbird and Harper Lee fans, almost squealed out loud, when we heard the news this morning. I say "almost squealed" but I actually did! And I'm not ashamed of it.
I've read the book 4 times, but I've watched the movie countless times. Just about everytime it's on. I've lost count. But the sentiment is the same EVERYTIME I watch it. Snuff out Mayella Ewell and her father... and give Boo Radley a hug.
So many times, I've wondered.. why isn't there a sequel? Why did Harper Lee just leave the building like that? Where is she? Is she ever coming back? Did she move to Bahrain?
What became of Scout? Did she and Boo become good friends? After all, he did save her and Jem's life. So many questions that needed answering. And today, we heard the word, that we just may get them!
Miss Harper finally emerged from The Valley of the Reclusives, like Jordan wearing the 4-5, bearing good tidings!
The sequel, Go Set a Watchman, was apparently written in the 1950's, (yep, it's 2015) when she was still a young writer. She set it aside (for reasons) and went on to win a Pulitzer Prize, for the only book, she ever published. The beloved To Kill A Mockingbird. Then.. she faded to black, and all her fans were left longing for her to give us more of the characters we fell in love with. She said she didn't know, and could hardly believe, the original book had survived after all these years. However, to her suprise and delight, and OURS, it was found by, her long time friend and lawyer, Tonja Carter. You're the bee's knees Tonja!
Lee said she shared the book with a handful of people she finds" trustworthy".. Let me just pause and say this... Harper obviously doesn't trust a lot of people, you guys..
That's why she wouldn't let us find her. She hasn't shown her face, to us willingly, since the 60's! Can't say as I blame her though. I'm sort of the same way. Those who know me can testify. But yes, anyway.. those "trustworthy people" .... after reading Go Set a Watchman, thought it may be worthy of publication. Uummm...you think?!
It goes to publishing on July 14th, 2015, and will feaure Scout as an adult. Today was truly a great day in the literary world! Welcome back Ms. Lee!
Update: Sadly, on the morning February 19, 2016, Harper passed away, peacefully, in her sleep. Ms. Lee was 89 years old.