Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee: Read the First Chapter

Go Set a Watchman, Harper Lee's highly anticipated To Kill a Mockingbird sequel, will be released on July 14.

Scout has returned!

We’re only 4 days away from the highly anticipated new release of Go Set A Watchman, the latest novel by Harper Lee after more than 60 years. But today, HarperCollins released an exclusive extract of the first chapter! And if audiobooks are your thing, an audio file, narrated by the actress Reese Witherspoon, was released as well. Here is a snippet to get you started:

Since Atlanta, she had looked out the dining-car window with a delight almost physical. Over her breakfast coffee, she watched the last of Georgia’s hills recede and the red earth appear, and with it tin-roofed houses set in the middle of swept yards, and in the yards the inevitable verbena grew, surrounded by whitewashed tires. She grinned when she saw her first TV antenna atop an unpainted Negro house; as they multiplied, her joy rose.

Jean Louise Finch always made this journey by air, but she decided to go by train from New York to Maycomb Junction on her fifth annual trip home. For one thing, she had the life scared out of her the last time she was on a plane: the pilot elected to fly through a tornado. For another thing, flying home meant her father rising at three in the morning, driving a hundred miles to meet her in Mobile, and doing a full day’s work afterwards: he was seventy-two now and this was no longer fair.”

I liking what I’m reading so far but of course I need to read more to form a better opinion. I need to brush up on To Kill a Mockingbird.

To read the entire chapter, you can find it here.

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