When I heard that Harper Lee was releasing a second book I cried. To Kill A Mockingbird is one of my favorite books, and the idea of getting more of Ms. Lee’s genius was so exciting to me. So I waited with baited breath for the release to be announced. I sat quietly through all the controversy, hoping that the publisher wouldn’t pull it, and I was rewarded with the early release of the first chapter. It was magical! I immediately pre-ordered it. The book finally found itself in my mailbox Saturday, and I spent half that night reading it. Needless to say, I absolutely loved it. It’s one of the best books I’ve read in a while. Still, I have been shocked to read just how many people are not impressed with Watchman.
The book has left us with many questions at then end, but the one that most people are asking is “Is Atticus a racist?”. Maybe. Is that important? Personally, I don’t think that he is, but that’s not important. Atticus’s own personal feelings on race relations are obviously not that important to the overall plot of the book; otherwise, they would have been better explained. The important thing to remember is that, unlike Mockingbird, this book is not so much about race relations as it is about seeing people for what they really are.
Bottom line: Go Set A Watchman is an interesting read that poses many questions. It is not a “true” sequel to To Kill A Mockingbird, and I don’t encourage you to read the two right after each other. I highly recommend Go Set A Watchman.
Love and Happy Reading,