After 55 years, Harper Lee is releasing a second novel

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When an author’s debut novel wins the Pulitzer prize and goes on to sell 40 million copies, perennially topping lists of the world’s best-loved books, it’s understandable that they might be apprehensive about the reception of a second.

Harper Lee, who sent the literary universe into a spin on Tuesday after she announced she would be releasing a sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird this summer – 55 years after her debut – appears to have no such fears. “It’s a pretty decent effort,” she said of Go Set a Watchman.

News of its publication this summer stunned fans of the 88-year-old author, who have waited for a second novel from Lee since 1960, when she released her debut tale of racism in the American south.

The novel was written by Lee before To Kill a Mockingbird, but is set some 20 years later. It features Lee’s beloved character Scout as an adult, returning to her home town of Maycomb from New York to visit Atticus, her lawyer father, along with many of the characters from Lee’s debut.

Lee, who is profoundly deaf and almost totally blind, lives in an assisted-living facility in Monroeville – the small Alabama town where she spent summers growing up with her friend Truman Capote.

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The crazy liberals will probably try to have her new book censored too.

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I'm just going to say it, To Kill a Mockingbird is one of most overrated American books there is. It's not as deep as people pretend, it's not very well written, and Atticus is not a character but a vehicle for the book's "message" to be preached to us via.

I'd say only Grapes of Wrath and Catcher in the Rye are more overrated and barely at that.

So yeah, I'm not excited. Not to mention it's only her second book. It's not like she's one of those authors that consistently deliver over the years.

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Hotdog can't wait

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This is one of those "I DID NOT SEE THAT COMING" situations.

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Anyone else feel this is a product of her medical bills getting to be too much?

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I'm just going to say it, To Kill a Mockingbird is one of most overrated American books there is. It's not as deep as people pretend, it's not very well written, and Atticus is not a character but a vehicle for the book's "message" to be preached to us via.

I'd say only Grapes of Wrath and Catcher in the Rye are more overrated and barely at that.

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@LostProphetFLCL said:

Anyone else feel this is a product of her medical bills getting to be too much?

We'll have to judge when the book is released.

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Hope she actually wants this to be happening

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@LostProphetFLCL said:

Anyone else feel this is a product of her medical bills getting to be too much?

http://jezebel.com/be-suspicious-of-the-new-harper-lee-novel-1683488258

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That's actually super cool and exciting. Just like everyone else, I never imagine Harper Lee coming back to release another book let alone a sequel to To Kill A Mockingbird. I will definitely purchase day one. I'm guessing it might be biggest book debt for the year when it comes out this summer. If it happens to have the same impact as the first book, I imagine we might even get to see a movie. Excited to see how it turns out.