Go Set a Watchman - Harper Lee

Go Set a Watchman

By Harper Lee

  • Release Date: 2015-07-14
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 4
From 858 Ratings


#1 New York Times Bestseller

“Go Set a Watchman is such an important book, perhaps the most important novel on race to come out of the white South in decades."  — New York Times

A landmark novel by Harper Lee, set two decades after her beloved Pulitzer Prize–winning masterpiece, To Kill a Mockingbird.

Twenty-six-year-old Jean Louise Finch—“Scout”—returns home to Maycomb, Alabama from New York City to visit her aging father, Atticus. Set against the backdrop of the civil rights tensions and political turmoil that were transforming the South, Jean Louise’s homecoming turns bittersweet when she learns disturbing truths about her close-knit family, the town, and the people dearest to her. Memories from her childhood flood back, and her values and assumptions are thrown into doubt. Featuring many of the iconic characters from To Kill a Mockingbird, Go Set a Watchman perfectly captures a young woman, and a world, in painful yet necessary transition out of the illusions of the past—a journey that can only be guided by one’s own conscience.

Written in the mid-1950s, Go Set a Watchman imparts a fuller, richer understanding and appreciation of the late Harper Lee. Here is an unforgettable novel of wisdom, humanity, passion, humor, and effortless precision—a profoundly affecting work of art that is both wonderfully evocative of another era and relevant to our own times. It not only confirms the enduring brilliance of To Kill a Mockingbird, but also serves as its essential companion, adding depth, context, and new meaning to an American classic.


  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Go Set a Watchman

    By H. Nick
    Everything which needed to be said has been done in such a tender manner. Thank you Harper
  • Go Set a Watchman

    By MBFack
    Did those of you that gave this book 5 stars read the same book I did??? Thought something exciting was going to happen about 100 pages into the book but alas nothing. Now 200 pages into the book and still nothing. Will finish it as it was my book club read, but my other book club friends felt the same way - dull and uneventful.
  • If Harper lee...

    By Ummm help me! I am confused!
    Harper lee did not want this book published so why would we publish it? She did not want this book and I am very disappointed and I do not want to read it no matter how amazing the book is it was not meant to be read so why do we read it?
  • Comforting, yet an awful message

    By TimonC346
    The writing is impossible not to enjoy. Lee's so good with her words, I loved the process of reading her writing. Now, the message at the end of the Story??? Not cool. Not at all. And there are without a doubt a few chapters that would have otherwise been edited out had an editor felt they could do so (there's a chapter where they attend church, and I cannot figure out why it was in the book) The end of the book (SPOILERS) essentially makes excuses for the horrific racism. Scout's uncle smacks her at one point because of her level of protest to the vehement racism inherent in her boyfriend and father's actions. There is no real resolution. Scout actually looks like the idiotic one in the end for not being racist. And this isn't the intellectually challenging form of dislike--it's an evil message the book concludes with. In summation--I've never enjoyed reading a book I hated so much. That is what you can expect here.
  • a daughter's gift

    By DigitWaste
    This was such a short and enjoyable read. I wrapped it as a gift for my Jacques as the first thing I did after finishing it.
  • Go Set a Watchman

    By counselorm
    A book I recommend for everyone. It is exquisitely written.
  • Should never have been published.

    By Steve Whitaker
    This isn't Harper Lee's second novel; it's just the second to be published. Written before To Kill a Mockingbird, Go Set a Watchman is a disappointing and even disillusioning text badly in need of an editor. If you're upset about Atticus being a racist, take comfort: Harper Lee rewrote this awful book and created a beautiful, timeless masterpiece. Don't buy this. Don't read this. Don't reward the greed of publishers all too happy to steal the memory of a classic in order to make a profit.