Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
This controversial novel had readers somewhat disgruntled. Some of the book club members did not even purchase the novel because of the cost. Additionally, one member only read two pages, as the text did not seem engaging. However, there were two readers who managed to finish the novel.
Overall, the novel is not well-written, even having times of confusions; however, there are sections that demonstrate Lee's writing talent. But readers understood why Lee did not want to publish the novel. It seemed as though it was a rough draft. One that needed revision.
The novel jumps ahead in Jean Louise (Scout) Finch's life into the world of desegregation. She is no longer that tomboy we all knew from To Kill a Mockingbird. Her life is in New York. However, upon returning to her hometown of Maycomb, she finds that nothing has changed. Little does she realize that things are changing in leaps and bounds. During a committee meeting in which Jean Louise is observing, she finds that the men she loves, Atticus and Hank, are no longer the men she respects. In fact, the whole town is embroiled in the controversy surrounding desegregation and the rights of everyone.
The uncanny issues that are presented in this novel, unfortunately, are still occurring today. Jean Louise continues to grow up and her disillusionment in her father is a hard candy to swallow.
Karla Erdman, book club founder and organizer
Each month the club meets to discuss a chosen book. The blogs are notes from each meeting and club members' comments.
SPOILER ALERT: If you are going to read any of the discussions below, you may learn more about a novel than you wanted. Some endings have been revealed.
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