You can read the first chapter of Harper Lee's first novel that has become her second at http://goo.gl/gGRHG0.
Willy Dunne Wooters and I have been quite concerned about the possibility of Harper Lee's exploitation to grow the coffers of her lawyer, and who knows what else is going on?
Go Set A Watchman was Lee's first novel, the one that was rejected, but a publisher encouraged her to write the story of the young woman in the novel and to make the time period Scout's childhood. That novel became the much-loved, major seller To Kill A Mockingbird.
It's estimated that Mockingbird brings Lee a million dollars a year in royalties. She's a very wealthy woman.
Until a few years ago, Alice Lee served as her younger sister's lawyer. Alice Lee grew old and finally retired at age 100 or 101--I'm not sure from the online depictions of her life. I do know that she died in 2014 at age 103. She turned over Harper Lee's legal affairs to another lawyer when she retired
The Wooters man and I are suspicious of the literary event because Harper Lee is profoundly deaf, nearly blind, and will sign anything put in front of her, according to some old friends. Others claim she's as sharp as a tack.
|Harper Lee, now 89, before she had the stroke |
that sent her to an assisted living facility.
Wooters and I thought a reason existed that Alice Lee suppressed Watchman all these years. Harper Lee claimed--for various reasons--that she had never written another novel. Well, it's true: She didn't write a novel after Mockingbird. She wrote one first.
Anybook, I read the first chapter, so afraid I would be disappointed.
But I wasn't.
Perhaps Harper Lee had a great first novel in her after all.
I now have hope for Go Set A Watchman. I wasn't going to buy it, but I believe I have changed my mind.
Infinities of love,