Who says books are dead?
It’s not often these days people get super psyched for a book release. But it is happening.
Go Set a Watchman, the much-anticipated second novel by Harper Lee and sequel to American classic To Kill a Mockingbird, is officially the most pre-ordered print title on Amazon.com since the final book in the Harry Potter series.
Since the seventh Harry Potter book. The one where everyone was dying to know who dies in the epic battle at Hogwarts. That is crazy.
(Though with 55 years between the two novels, fans have been waiting a while.)
According to Amazon, the novel – which will be published on Tuesday – is already the best-selling book on the site.
Publisher HarperCollins has ordered an initial US print run of 2 million, a huge print run in the days of digital books, The Wall Street Journal reports.
The book, which was announced in February, has already received a lot of attention. And not much of it good.
A lawyer for Lee said she discovered the old manuscript in 2014 – a claim that raised serious questions the timing of the manuscript’s discovery, Lee’s mental state, and the ability of the 88-year-old to consent to the publication.
As an author, Lee was notoriously publicity-shy and famously resistant to producing a follow-up to her masterpiece.
So did she really want to publish a second novel? Or was she pushed?
The February announcement of the new book divided residents of her hometown, as well as her long-time friends. One faction argues that Ms. Lee’s mental health is too shaky for her to have knowingly authorised the new book, while the other vigorously affirms her competence.