Legendary author Harper Lee is set to release her first new novel in more than 50 years—only her second ever published. The recently rediscovered book from the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer is described as a sort of sequel to the classic, To Kill a Mockingbird. In a statement, she explained,

In the mid-1950s, I completed a novel called `Go Set a Watchman.’ It features the character known as Scout as an adult woman, and I thought it a pretty decent effort. My editor, who was taken by the flashbacks to Scout’s childhood, persuaded me to write a novel (what became `To Kill a Mockingbird’) from the point of view of the young Scout. I was a first-time writer, so I did as I was told. I hadn’t realized it (the original book) had survived, so was surprised and delighted when my dear friend and lawyer Tonja Carter discovered it … I am humbled and amazed that this will now be published after all these years.

The follow-up to Mockingbird—which has sold more than 40 million copies—hits shelves in July …

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