Maycomb, Alabama. Twenty-six-year-old Jean Louise Finch—”Scout”—returns home from New York City to travel to her aging father, Atticus. Set resistant to the backdrop from the civil rights tensions and political turmoil that have been transforming the South, Jean Louise’s homecoming turns bittersweet when she learns disturbing truths about her close-knit family, this town, and also the people dearest to her. Memories from her childhood flood back, and her values and assumptions are thrown into doubt. Featuring many in the iconic characters from To Kill a Mockingbird, Go Set a Watchman perfectly captures a little daughter woman, along with a world, in painful yet necessary transition out from the illusions in the past—a journey that could only be guided by your conscience.
Written within the mid-1950s, Go Set a Watchman imparts a fuller, richer understanding and appreciation of Harper Lee. Here is a special novel of wisdom, humanity, passion, humor, and effortless precision—a profoundly affecting masterpiece of design that is both wonderfully evocative of some other era and strongly related our own times. It not merely confirms the enduring brilliance of To Kill a Mockingbird, but serves as its essential companion, adding depth, context, and new meaning for an American classic.