Go Set a Watchman
“From Harper Lee comes a landmark new novel set two decades after her beloved Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece, To Kill a Mockingbird. Maycomb, Alabama. Twenty-six-year-old Jean Louise Finch–“Scout”–returns home from New York City to visit her aging father, Atticus. Set against the backdrop of the civil rights tensions and political turmoil that were transforming the South, Jean Louise’s homecoming turns bittersweet when she learns disturbing truths about her close-knit family, the town and the people dearest to her. Memories from her childhood flood back, and her values and assumptions are thrown into doubt. Featuring many of the iconic characters from To Kill a Mockingbird, Go Set a Watchman perfectly captures a young woman, and a world, in a painful yet necessary transition out of the illusions of the past–a journey that can be guided only by one’s conscience. Written in the mid-1950s, Go Set a Watchman imparts a fuller, richer understanding and appreciation of Harper Lee. Here is an unforgettable novel of wisdom, humanity, passion, humor and effortless precision–a profoundly affecting work of art that is both wonderfully evocative of another era and relevant to our own times. It not only confirms the enduring brilliance of To Kill a Mockingbird, but also serves as its essential companion, adding depth, context and new meaning to an American classic.“ -Goodreads
Last year around this time of year I read “To Kill a Mockingbird” for the first time. Unlike many of my friends, I did not have to read the book in high school. When “Go Set a Watchman” came out last year, my grandma gave me a copy for my birthday, and I finally got around to reading it. For the most part, I listened to the audible audiobook recording of the book which is narrated by Reese Witherspoon. Her voice pulled me into the story. It was a fantastic performance.
As for the story itself, I was entranced. When I finished the book I entered a minor book slump because it had me thinking and contemplating so much. I went through a bit of self-reflection while listening to the story and after I finished it. It revalidated my belief that we don’t have to agree with our parents and that sometimes we can differ greatly from those who raised us. Thinking differently just means that we are rational, educated individuals with minds of our own. This book was superb. I recommend it to fans of “To Kill a Mockingbird”, but you should be aware that it may shatter you.