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Cover for Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman Revealed

New Harper Lee FTW!


Today, HarperCollins released the cover image for Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman, the upcoming follow-up to her classic To Kill a Mockingbird, which is due to be released in July. What’s beautiful about it is how it connects the book to its literary predecessor.

Go Set a Watchman
For reference, here’s the original cover of To Kill A Mockingbird:

OG Mockingbird

The cover of Watchman, which is set 20 years after the events of Mockingbird, indicates the passage of time by having fewer leaves on the tree. As for the train:

In a statement released by HarperCollins, company president Michael Morrison noted that Go Set a Watchman begins with Mockingbird protagonist Scout Finch returning by train 20 years later, in the 1950s, to her native Alabama.

The release of a new Harper Lee novel after 50 years is exciting, and while there has been controversy as to whether Lee was duped or taken advantage of in any way in order to make this happen, I think that it says more about us if we assume that an elderly woman can’t decide things for herself. Everyone becomes more forgetful as they age, but Lee does not suffer from dementia, which is a very specific thing. I think that the same woman who worked with a lawyer as recently as 2013 to sue someone who actually was taking advantage of her poor health would know exactly what was going on in relation to this novel, and I’m thrilled to read it!

Go Set a Watchman is set for a July 14 publication date.

(via The Hollywood Reporter)

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Teresa Jusino (she/her) is a native New Yorker and a proud Puerto Rican, Jewish, bisexual woman with ADHD. She's been writing professionally since 2010 and was a former TMS assistant editor from 2015-18. Now, she's back as a contributing writer. When not writing about pop culture, she's writing screenplays and is the creator of your future favorite genre show. Teresa lives in L.A. with her brilliant wife. Her other great loves include: Star Trek, The Last of Us, anything by Brian K. Vaughan, and her Level 5 android Paladin named Lal.