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Events & Programs

April 12: Book Group: "Go Set the Watchman"

Date: 04/12/18 10:30 am

The North Conway Library’s book club is reading "Go Set the Watchman” by Harper Lee and will discuss it on April 12 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Library.

 

This is an open group.  Everyone is welcome, whether or not you are a library member.  The group meets on the second Thursday of each month. Copies of the book are available at the North Conway Library. For details call (603) 356-2961. 

 

About the Book:

Assumed to have been lost, the manuscript of “Go Set a Watchman“ was discovered in late 2014. Originally written in the mid-1950s, this book was the novel Harper Lee first submitted to her publishers- before “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

 

“Go Set a Watchman” features many of the characters from “To Kill a Mockingbird” some twenty years later. Returning home to Maycomb to visit her father, Jean Louise Finch—Scout—struggles with issues both personal and political, involving Atticus, society, and the small Alabama town that shaped her.

 

Set against the backdrop of the civil rights tensions and political turmoil that were transforming the South, Jean Louise's homecoming turns bittersweet when she learns disturbing truths about her close-knit family, the town and the people dearest to her. Memories from her childhood flood back, and her values and assumptions are thrown into doubt.

 

Exploring how the characters from “To Kill a Mockingbird” are adjusting to the turbulent events transforming mid-1950s America, “Go Set a Watchman” casts a fascinating new light on Harper Lee's enduring classic.  Here is an unforgettable novel of wisdom, humanity, passion, humor and effortless precision--a profoundly affecting work of art that is both wonderfully evocative of another era and relevant to our own times.