Like everyone with a soul and a 4th-grade reading level, I love Harper Lee’s iconic book To Kill a Mockingbird. It’s a classic for good reason.
But I just can’t jump on the enthusiasm train for the news that HarperCollins will soon be publishing a “long lost” sequel.
Harper Lee is a notoriously private author, the exceptional writer who resisted publishing any further Mockingbird spinoffs for 50 years. What changed?
I’m not the only one to feel suspicious: some journalists have been digging up dirt and connecting the dots. Dots like the death of Lee’s sister and estate-guardian only three months ago, and Lee’s forgetfulness and confusion following a stroke in 2007.
I hope I’m wrong, but my gut feeling is this is a money grab that may harm the legacy of one of the most beloved American authors of all time.
I won’t be preordering.