Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

This book was written in 1957, in the third person, and was essentially the first draft of what became the 1960 first person classic To Kill a Mockingbird. This book was rediscovered in 2011, after being lost for decades, and published in 2015. It is a powerful statement in its own right, which I enjoyed reading. This book will be discussed at the Third Tuesday Book Club meeting on November 15th, 2016 in the Barnes and Noble in Lafayette, Louisiana, which I will not be attending (drat).

It is circa 1955 in Maycomb, Alabama, and Jean Louise Finch, aged twenty-six, has come home on her fifth annual vacation from New York City, to visit her father Atticus and her almost-fiancé Henry Clinton, whom she grew up with, and who now works with Atticus in his law office. By accident she discovers, in the wake of the Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, that Maycomb now has a Citizen’s Committee; she goes down to the courthouse, and sees a man she has never seen before declaiming Segregation Forever, and her father and Henry sitting at the long table listening to him. This shakes Jean Louise to her core, and makes her doubt her moral compass.

I very much enjoyed this book, and regret that I will not be able to discuss the book at the Third Tuesday Book Club meeting.


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