After months of anticipation, new Harper Lee novel released

Staff Writer
Columbus Monthly

NEW YORK (AP) — Harper Lee fans worldwide stayed up late, awoke early and dashed off during meal breaks to pick up a copy of the year's most anticipated novel, "Go Set a Watchman," a second work from the author of "To Kill a Mockingbird" that once seemed impossible.

Booksellers from Cambridge, Massachusetts to Downers Grove, Illinois opened at midnight Tuesday, while Barnes & Noble stores began selling copies at 7 am, two hours earlier than usual. Pre-orders have already made "Go Set a Watchman" one of the year's top books and did not let up despite lukewarm reviews and the unwelcome news that Atticus Finch, one of the all-time literary heroes, was a bigot in "Watchman."

Lee's current book was written before "Mockingbird," but takes place 20 years later, in the 1950s.