We’re almost there. Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman will be out on July 14, and now that the warm weather’s here, July seems like it’s just around the corner. To celebrate that fact, we’re going to take stock of everything we know about Go Set a Watchman so far. We’ll be adding to this list as we learn more, so keep checking back!
1. The novel is about an adult Scout Finch returning to Maycomb, Alabama from New York City to visit her father, Atticus Finch.
2. We’ll get to revisit some of our favorite characters from To Kill a Mockingbird, but we’re not entirely sure which ones.
3. Even though it chronicles Scout’s life after the events of To Kill a Mockingbird, Lee actually wrote Go Set a Watchman in the 1950s, when she was about 30 years old, before she wrote her Pulitzer prize-winning novel.
4. Harper Lee submitted a manuscript of Go Set a Watchman to editor Tay Hohoff. Hohoff liked the book, but her favorite parts were about Scout’s childhood, so she persuaded Lee to write a novel about a young Scout. Lee was a first-time writer, so she did what Hohoff advised. The result was To Kill a Mockingbird.
5. The manuscript of Go Set a Watchman was set aside and reportedly lost for many years, until being rediscovered by Lee’s attorney, Tonja Carter, in 2014. It was attached to an original manuscript of To Kill a Mockingbird.
6. Go Set a Watchman will be published as Lee wrote it, without any revisions.
7. The book will be 304 pages.
8. The title of the novel comes from a Biblical verse verse, Isaiah 21:6: “For thus the Lord said to me, Go, set a watchman, let him declare what he seeth.”
9. The cover looks like this.
10. The novel opens with Scout’s train ride home to Maycomb, an event that is reflected in the design of the book cover.
11. Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins, will be publishing the book in the U.S. and Canada.
12. Lee, now 89 years old, will likely not be doing publicity for her second novel.
13. Actress Reese Witherspoon will record an audio version of the novel.
14. Lee’s literary agent, Andrew Nurnberg, has quoted Lee as saying, “This isn’t the sequel. This is the parent to Mockingbird.”