I don’t want to know. That’s what I keep telling everyone around me as they send me links to the reviews of Go Set A Watchman, the surprise “sequel” to Harper Lee’s classic book, To Kill A Mockingbird. It was to be officially released on Tuesday. It’s Monday afternoon as I write this, and I keep checking the mailbox to see if it’s arrived.
On the other hand, I dread reading it because of what I’m hearing about how Lee altered one of her most revered characters: Atticus Finch. I have a dog in this fight. I’ve taught To Kill A Mockingbird for most of my teaching career, and I revel in its messages every bit as much as my students every year. I even inscribed a copy of the book for my dad, telling him that he was my “Atticus Finch.”