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 Book News & Features 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.