First chapter of new Harper Lee novel is previewed

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By HILLEL ITALIE
AP National Writer

NEW YORK (AP) – The first chapter of Harper Lee’s “Go Set a Watchman” begins with a grown up Scout returning by train to Maycomb, Alabama, where she is greeted by a young man who wants to marry her.

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“Go Set a Watchman,” the most unexpected second novel in memory, is coming out July 14. It takes place in the 1950s, 20 years after the setting for “To Kill a Mockingbird,” Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book.

The chapter ran in Friday’s editions of The Wall Street Journal and The Guardian as anticipation grows for Lee’s first book since “To Kill a Mockingbird.” U.S. publisher HarperCollins has said that pre-orders for “Go Set a Watchman” are the highest in company history and bookstores worldwide are planning events to celebrate the book’s release.

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