Cynical sends this,, an interesting piece by a Monroeville, La., native who knows more than most of us about Harper Lee, and the controversy around her recently published prequel, “Go Set a Watchman.” The piece includes her reaction to that book’s publication:
I thought of Miss Nelle, sitting in that quiet nursing home out on the Highway 21 Bypass, her beloved sister in the ground and her closest friends scattered to the winds, her once notoriously peppery persona marred by physical infirmity, at the mercy of people who see her as a living, breathing dollar sign, and so “humbled and amazed” about the release of a book she spent her life promising we’d never see. She once told Oprah in an off-camera interview that people had her figured all wrong, that every article written about her compared her to Scout. “But,” she admitted “I’m really Boo.” If you can believe nothing as an ultimate truth from all of this confusion and sadness, believe that.
And always remember: ”You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” So I have. And you won’t see a copy of Go Set A Watchman on my shelf. I won’t be a vulture. And I won’t feed them either. I will re-read To Kill a Mockingbird instead. And I will take joy in knowing that it was created by someone who was once a little girl just like me, growing up in the same town and seeing the same bitter ugliness clash with simple beauty.