This month, Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee hit bookstores, to much fanfare and controversy. Watchman features many of the same characters as Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning classic, To Kill A Mockingbird — although a number of them, especially legendary lawyer Atticus Finch, come across very differently in Watchman.
On the occasion of Go Set a Watchman‘s publication, Publishers Weekly contacted a number of authors to get their thoughts on Mockingbird. Here’s what I had to say:
Like so many lawyers and readers, I have a special place in my heart for To Kill a Mockingbird. My well-worn purple paperback reflects how often I have turned to Mockingbird over the years. It was, as both a coming-of-age story and a meditation on justice, a major inspiration for me when I wrote my own novel about the legal system.
As ‘Watchman’ Hits Stands, Authors Reflect on ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ [Publishers Weekly]