Community Discussion: To Kill a Mockingbird

ToKillaMockingbirdPeople seem worried that Harper Lee’s new old book won’t live up to her classic To Kill a Mockingbird or that it will somehow tarnish Atticus if we see his limitations in Go Set a Watchman. Nothing about this new book will disappoint me. If it’s not as good as the book she went on to write, it will still give us a glimpse into her writing life, her development as a writer. We’ll get to see her with her nascent style before editors helped her polish and rewrite. If it shows Atticus to be a less heroic figure and more a product of his time, then that will enlighten all of us—particularly when we are struggling to come to terms with our own prejudices. I can’t wait for Monday night at midnight to hear again from Harper Lee.

~ Susan

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