Go Set a Watchman - Harper Lee

Go Set a Watchman

By Harper Lee

  • Release Date: 2015-07-14
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 4
From 1,603 Ratings


A historic literary event: the publication of a newly discovered novel, the earliest known work from Harper Lee, the beloved, bestselling author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning classic, To Kill a Mockingbird.

Originally written in the mid-1950s, Go Set a Watchman was the novel Harper Lee first submitted to her publishers before To Kill a Mockingbird. Assumed to have been lost, the manuscript was discovered in late 2014.

Go Set a Watchman features many of the characters from To Kill a Mockingbird some twenty years later. Returning home to Maycomb to visit her father, Jean Louise Finch—Scout—struggles with issues both personal and political, involving Atticus, society, and the small Alabama town that shaped her.

Exploring how the characters from To Kill a Mockingbird are adjusting to the turbulent events transforming mid-1950s America, Go Set a Watchman casts a fascinating new light on Harper Lee’s enduring classic. Moving, funny and compelling, it stands as a magnificent novel in its own right.


  • This is the South

    By Hitting The Road
    I feel a lot like the adult Jean Louise. WIth her, I watched as the God of Atticus became human. I think it must be hard for a lot of people to realize that their idols are fallible. Harper Lee could not have known when she wrote it that To Kill a Mockingbird's characters would become such literary icons and that we, as a culture, would find in Atticus the perfect parent/mentor/pastor/friend. He was not only her moral compass, but our society's. And it turns out, he was just a man who was a product of his culture and upbringing. I was nervous to read the book. I expected, from everyone's ranting, to find him burning crosses on the front lawn. Instead, we found something much harder: someone we love and admire who hasn't lived up to our ideals. I understand the rant, but I really appreciated the book. The best parents raise their children to think for themselves. To go into the world with a clear sense of what is right and the knowledge that they will always be loved and will always have a home -- even if it's not a home to which the child can ever really return. My family gave this to me. My father was my Atticus, and, I've learned through generations of family and friends, he was theirs as well. And I left home. And I learned how different we are. And I learned, even more, how alike we are. And I learned the he probably wasn't as perfect as I thought. And I learned that the REASON we should love people is for their humanity, because -- as I was raised to believe -- in that humanity is their godliness. I know that as certainly as I know that love. I think it's a good book.
  • Horrible

    By Gghghgjgjgjghyhggfhgg
    I loved To Kill A Mockingbird, but Go Set A Watchman ruined it for me because of its contradicting way that it talked about Atticus and how he was a very racists man.
  • Go Set a Watchman

    By Peg Tanner
    I think this book should never have seen the light of day. Whoever talked her into releasing this did not have her best interests in mind. This seems to me to be a first draft of something she "might" have published. The style of writing does not come close to To Kill a Mockingbird. The language used is simple rather than complex. Characters were not developed. She comes off as a naïve bumpkin who is against segregation. She does not share the flare or wisdom of Scout. She seems like an empty shell. This should never have been published.
  • Dissapointing

    By Drg347
    I read To Kill A Mockingbird while I was in grade school and loved it. I had high hope for this book and it just failed miserably. This is a terrible sequel, 100% do not recommend reading.
  • Disappointed

    By Rosa Romero
    This book had some good moments but it seemed to be the total opposite of To Kill A Mockingbird! I do recommend reading it at least once. Especially since the difference between racism and free speech is more blurred than ever now...
  • A Scam at Best and Nothing More Than A Money Grab

    By JEKelly
    Some day the real story will get revealed. This book is not a sequel but a rough draft, a very rough draft, that became To Kill A Mockingbird after a lot of editing and rewrites.
  • Excruciating

    By Anne_Animal
    TKAM is one of my favorite books. This? This is in my bottom five. It moves at such a snail's pace for the first two-thirds and then, finally!, picks up a bit of steam. Jean Louise can't be so slow to understand what is going on with her father and uncle, can she? How many pages are really necessary to clue the reader in to her angst? Not nearly as many as Lee uses. I only read the whole thing because it was a Christmas gift and I wanted to say I'd read it all. Ugh! Torture!
  • A stand alone, thought provoking piece of work

    By Emeraldspring
    Not a sequel, but it doesn't need to be. Watchman is good because it poses an interesting concept that is still relevant today. We can shout that people are ignorant and evil, but why do they think the way they think? Everyone has a reason and a mindset, however wrong we may think they are-this doesn't mean they are bad people. Once we get so rigid within ourselves that we will not listen to those who disagree, we are no better than they. This is something that everyone has to face at some point. Growing up in the south myself, I relate to this novel here in the 21st century, as I'm sure many others can as well.
  • Go set a Watchman

    By SteveBros
    The book is excellent especially if you're listening to the audio narrated by Reese Witherspoon long with reading the novel.I hope it's made a movie I hope Reese Witherspoon will play the title role of Jean Luis a.k.a. scout
  • Kinda slow

    By Robertsfr88
    The book is a very slow for my taste. It is a little disappointing.