Finally! Harper Lee’s ‘Go Set a Watchman’ hits bookstores around the globe | News Entertainment

Finally! Harper Lee’s ‘Go Set a Watchman’ hits bookstores around the globe

14 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Book fans grab Harper Lee’s ‘Go Set a Watchman’ on first day it’s on sale.

As “Go Set a Watchman’’ easily soared to the top of Amazon’s best-seller list, city residents snapped up their own copies of the book at stores around the five boroughs.Literature fans celebrate the release of “Go Set a Watchman” during the midnight book release in the hometown of “To Kill a Mockingbird” author Harper Lee on Tuesday in Monroeville, Alabama. (AP) MONROEVILLE, Ala. Mekdad Muthana, 25, was the first to grab the tome at the Barnes & Noble in Union Square, arriving at 6:30 a.m. for the store’s early 7 a.m. opening. The new novel follows Scout Finch’s return home to the fictional town of Maycomb in the 1950s. “As you grow up, your views change and life changes you,” she said. “So, it’ll be very interesting to see this version compared to how the original story was.

But amid the excitement, there also was trepidation and disbelief that character Atticus Finch, the courtly model of integrity who defended a wrongly accused black man in the 1930s in “Mockingbird,” is portrayed as a racist 20 years later in “Watchman.” By Monday morning, Alice Brantley had already read the first third of “Watchman” — written before “Mockingbird,” though it takes place two decades later. It’s a must-read, a book I’ve always wanted every kid to read.” She is mostly deaf and blind, and there were concerns before “Watchman’’ was published that she was in no state to give her consent to its release after the work was discovered among her belongings.

Before the February announcement of the discovery and release of “Watchman,” Lee had long said she would never publish another novel despite pressure from her publisher. He’s the epitome of the moral compass,” said Cher Caldwell, a 43-year-old English teacher from Kentucky. “Atticus has been a hero-type person through our lives here in Monroe County and the whole world actually. It would be pretty disappointing,” May said. “But at the same time, you have to kind of remind yourself he was human at the time he was raised.” Mary Tucker said she remembered going into a Monroeville dress shop and being told she could only try the dress on over her clothes, not next to her skin.

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