Have you seen it yet? The cover to Harper Lee’s new novel, Go Set A Watchman? Well, there it is if you haven’t ☝︎.
I kind of like it, as a throwback to the era in which To Kill A Mockingbird was published. The relative simplicity of book covers back then is appealing, compared to some of the elaborate, over-literal covers we get nowadays. (And I’m so pleased that there are no six-pack abs on this one!)
What worries me is the book itself, due in July. Lee wrote it before TKAM, and to hear her talk, its publication is something of a surprise: “I hadn’t realized it (the original book) had survived, so was surprised and delighted when my dear friend and lawyer Tonja Carter discovered it. After much thought and hesitation, I shared it with a handful of people I trust and was pleased to hear that they considered it worthy of publication. I am humbled and amazed that this will now be published after all these years.”
My old publisher, HarperCollins, is putting this thing out. It will sell colossally. I just hope it does Lee proud and that it’s not just a way for someone other than her to cash in.