Be Still My Heart – A Sequel to “To Kill a Mockingbird”

Yes, it is true. I was amazed to learn that the sequel that Harper Lee wrote was actually the first book she had written. Her agent recommended she write a backstory to Scout, and that is how we got the wonderful “To Kill a Mockingbird”.

Harper said she had long believed her first story had been destroyed long ago, and never really gave it another thought. She was recently made aware by her lawyer that she found her first book. Ms. Harper has had a select few friends and family members read it, and they told her that she does indeed need to publish this book.

This new story is called “To Set a Watchman”, and revolves around Scout returning to Maycomb, Alabama to see her father, lawyer Atticus Finch.

I don’t know about you, but I will certainly stand in a line to get this book when it is released in July, if it is necessary.

What do you think about this long missing book?

You can read the news release on CNN here:

10 thoughts on “Be Still My Heart – A Sequel to “To Kill a Mockingbird”

  1. Heather M. February 4, 2015 / 6:19 pm

    My mom was telling me about this the other night. I remember being forced to read “To Kill a Mockingbird” in high school. Sad to say I hated it, but it was probably because I was forced to read it…which I didn’t actually do. I am now curious enough to go back and actually read it before the sequel is released.

    • Angela February 4, 2015 / 6:28 pm

      I think I had to read it as well and I don’t recall being a huge fan of it the first time I read it either.

  2. Autum Rose February 4, 2015 / 6:28 pm

    My English teacher was discussing this this morning! I’ve never read To Kill a Mockingbird, but now I’m very interested in reading both.

  3. rgemom February 4, 2015 / 8:04 pm

    I don’t know how, as a Literature major, I missed reading To Kill a Mockingbird in college, but I did just recently read it, and absolutely loved it. I am SO happy to hear there will be another book by this lovely author.

  4. thewriteedge February 5, 2015 / 10:07 am

    I pre-ordered my copy of the new book about seven seconds after reading the announcement yesterday — definitely don’t want to miss on this piece of literary history! What I remember most about _To Kill A Mockingbird_ from the last time I read it is how quiet Harper Lee’s prose is. She doesn’t use any fancy flourishes or histrionics to get your attention. She simply tells the story and lets the story take center stage. It’s been ages since I read the book, but that impression has stayed with me for years now and I can’t wait to read it again before the new book releases in the summer!

  5. runila15 February 5, 2015 / 4:39 pm

    I literally just read “To Kill A Mockingbird” for high school and I loved it! I’m actually really excited to read this next one.

    • Angela February 5, 2015 / 5:42 pm

      I am excited too! I just did a blog post about books I wish had a sequel, and this was one of them !

      • runila15 February 5, 2015 / 6:51 pm

        That’s awesome

  6. tonyasmithauthor February 5, 2015 / 6:31 pm

    I am so glad Harper Lee is releasing this book. Should be a great one!

  7. Adan Ramie February 5, 2015 / 9:20 pm

    I have said for years that it’s a pity that Harper Lee only ever wrote and released one book, so this news is really exciting for me. I can’t wait to see what became of Scout; she is one of my all-time favorite characters.

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