Harper Lee Set to Release New Novel

The literary world has been abuzz this week with news that Harper Lee is releasing a "new" novel—some 55 years after the publication of her instant-classic, To Kill a Mockingbird. The novel, Go Set a Watchmen, was actually written before Mockingbird, but takes place 20 years in the future, when a grown-up Scout returns to Maycomb, Alabama, to visit Atticus.

The general sentiment has been overwhelmingly positive, though some people have expressed their reservations, and even suggested that the now-88-year-old author is possibly being exploited.

It's a perfect time to revisit our interview with Marja Mills, who moved in next door to the very private Lee and got to know her.

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On Our Minds: Life With Harper Lee

In 2001, reporter Marja Mills met the celebrated and notoriously private author of “To Kill a Mockingbird,” Harper Lee. The two struck up a friendship and, a few years after their first meeting, the two became neighbors. Mills writes about their friendship in her new memoir, “The Mockingbird Next Door.”

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