This is the new “hot” book out now. If you haven’t heard about it, you must be living under a rock. What you may not know is that Harper Lee or “Nelle,” as her friends call her, wrote this manuscript in the 1950’s. It was found in Lee’s safe deposit box a few years ago and questions have been raised about whether it was Lee’s wish to have it published. It is a draft of an earlier version of To Kill a Mockingbird and features the same characters, Atticus Finch and Scout, his daughter.
Now, Lee is 89 years old and lives in Monroeville, Alabama, which is about 100 miles from Montgomery. She is in a wheelchair, mostly deaf and has poor eyesight. She has a small list of people who are allowed to see her in her in her nursing home, all monitored by a security guard. This is her second book and the first printing alone could bring in 40 million dollars. It is the most preordered book in HarperCollin’s history, beating out Harry Potter and the Hunger Games.
My book club is reading this next so I will update you on the general reviews of the book.
And as a side note: I don’t find it strange that Lee has a list of people she allows to visit her. When I’m 89 years old, I want to be able to spend my last days with the people that bring me joy and happiness not those that are looking for something from me. Go Nelle!