Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman was released this week and quickly sold 105,000 copies in its first day. Barnes and Noble reported the novel’s sale to be the highest in its history.
Reviews superceded even the date of publication: the New York Times printed its review late last week. New Yorker reviewer Adam Gopnik has proclaimed the book a failure. Below, therefore, some sure-to-happen developments:
NYT investigation of Harper Lee’s lawyer and friend, Tonja Carter, for her curious role in the novel’s resurgence.
Questioning of Lee’s fitness of mind in releasing the book, at length and devolving throughout, on Twitter.
“The contrasting Attici: Songs of Innocence and Experience,” a 50,000 word essay in the New York Review of Books.
Opinion piece in the New York Times, entitled “To Mock all of Us” on how neither of Lee’s novels actually speaks to a single person of colour in south or north.
Opinions on the book’s literary merits, pro and con, will be issued by the following in no particular order: Martin Amis, J.K. Rowling, Calvin Trillin, Margaret Atwood, and Toni Morrison, as well as Donald Trump.
A survey five years’ hence will report that the sales of To Kill a Mockingbird have survived any challenge by subsequent works by Harper Lee, including Go Set a Watchman, Shitstorm: An Author Breaks her Silence, and Truman was my Man.