On Monday, HarperCollins announced that Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman — the sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird — has sold over 1.1 million copies in the U.S. and Canada in its first week, making it the fastest-selling book in the company’s history. “First week sales of Go Set a Watchman have far exceeded our expectations,” said Brian Murray, president and CEO of HarperCollins Publishers in a statement. They have since ordered multiple reprints, and there are now 3.3 million books ready to dash everyone’s visions of Atticus Finch. No doubt publishers are waiting with bated breath as to whether a third book will emerge from Harper Lee’s safe-deposit box.
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