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Harper Lee To Publish Second Novel

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Rachel Stoltzfoos Staff Reporter
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Harper Lee will publish a follow-up to her best-selling novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” this summer, her publisher announced Tuesday.

In “Go Set a Watchman,” a grownup heroine Scout Finch returns to her hometown and looks back on her childhood. It was actually written before “To Kill a Mockingbird,” and includes many of the same characters.

Lee, now 88, thought it was lost or destroyed, but decided to publish the book when a friend found the manuscript, reported The New York Times.

She finished the novel in the mid-1950s, but at an editor’s request, set about writing a separate novel about her protagonist, Scout, at a younger age.

“I was a first-time writer, so I did as I was told,” Lee said in a statement. “I hadn’t realized it had survived, so was surprised and delighted when my dear friend and lawyer Tonja Carter discovered it.”

“After much thought and hesitation I shared it with a handful of people I trust and was pleased to hear that they considered it worthy of publication. I am humbled and amazed that this will now be published after all these years.”

Lee’s publisher Harper plans to print 2 million copies of the new book.

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