Books Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee Hardcover, 278 pages, HarperCollins, List Price: $27.99 | purchase close overlay Buy Featured Book TitleGo Set a WatchmanAuthorHarper Lee Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How? Amazon Independent Booksellers NPR Summary From Harper Lee comes a landmark novel set two decades after her beloved Pulitzer Prize–winning masterpiece, To Kill a Mockingbird. Genres: Literary Fiction Fiction Awards and Recognition 20 weeks on NPR Hardcover Fiction Bestseller List Also by Harper Lee To Kill a Mockingbird Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email NPR stories about Go Set a Watchman Review Book Reviews Harper Lee's 'Watchman' Is A Mess That Makes Us Reconsider A Masterpiece Fresh Air July 13, 2015 Depending on whom you ask, Go Set a Watchman is either a recently discovered first draft of To Kill a Mockingbird — or a failed sequel. Either way, critic Maureen Corrigan calls it "kind of a mess." Harper Lee's 'Watchman' Is A Mess That Makes Us Reconsider A Masterpiece Listen · 6:48 6:48 Toggle more options Download Embed Embed <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/422545987/422614859" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player"> Transcript Harper Lee's friend Michael Brown took this picture of the author in October 1957, the same month she signed with publisher J.B. Lippincott. Michael Brown/Courtesy of Columbia University hide caption toggle caption Michael Brown/Courtesy of Columbia University The Week's Best Stories From NPR Books How Harper Lee Went From Wannabe Writer To The Jane Austen Of Alabama July 10, 2015 Lee once said she wanted to be the chronicler of "small-town, middle-class Southern life." Even without her highly anticipated second novel, Go Set a Watchman, many fans would say she succeeded. How Harper Lee Went From Wannabe Writer To The Jane Austen Of Alabama Listen · 4:26 4:26 Toggle more options Download Embed Embed <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/421812608/421826470" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player"> Transcript Go Set a Watchman, by Harper Lee. Courtesy of HarperCollins hide caption toggle caption Courtesy of HarperCollins The Two-Way In Harper Lee's Return, First Chapter Swings From Homecoming To Heartbreak July 10, 2015 The opening chapter of Go Set A Watchman, Lee's first novel in 55 years, is out. Reactions ran from joy to shock — as readers coped with a plot twist and lingering doubts on the timing of its release.