Harper Lee Wrote a To Kill a Mockingbird Sequel, and It’s Coming in July

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WASHINGTON - NOVEMBER 05:  Pulitzer Prize winner and "To Kill A Mockingbird" author Harper Lee smiles before receiving the 2007 Presidential Medal of Freedom in the East Room of the White House November 5, 2007 in Washington, DC. The Medal of Freedom is given to those who have made remarkable contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, culture, or other private or public endeavors.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Harper Lee
Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Fifty-five years after her first novel, Harper Lee is finally releasing a follow-up: Lee’s publisher announced today that it would be releasing a new book by the reclusive author, coming July 14. The book, which was completed in the 1950s, was Lee’s attempt at telling the story of the adult Scout Finch; her editor, she said, preferred the flashbacks to Scout’s youth, and convinced her to put it on hold to write the book that would become To Kill a Mockingbird. “I hadn’t realized [the first book] had survived,” Lee said in a statement, “so [I] 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.” Its title is Go Set a Watchmen, which appears to have narrowly beat out our suggestion, 2 Kill 2 Mockingbirds.

For more on Harper Lee, read Boris Kachka’s deep dive into Lee’s long retirement in Monroeville, Alabama.

Harper Lee Wrote a To Kill a Mockingbird Sequel