In this last week of August, we’re turning our attention to two books about race in America that have sat at the top of the best-seller lists for much of this summer. Reverend Irene Monroe, a religion columnist in Cambridge, Massachusetts, weighed in along with Glori Smith, high school teacher in Provo, Utah; and Josh Drawdy, a fire inspector in Columbia, South Carolina.
Today, we turn to “Go Set a Watchman” by Harper Lee. Released 55 years after “To Kill a Mockingbird,” the story follows a grown-up Scout (she goes by Jean-Louise now) as she returns home to Maycomb, Alabama from New York. Back in the South, she finds her hometown—and the people she loves in it—nearly unrecognizable.
Readers across the country have been eager to get their hands on this book. To date, more than a million copies have been sold.
Several Takeaway listeners read it within days of its publication and wrote to us with their reviews. We asked three of them from different corners of the country to join us for a discussion.
They put aside the book’s complicated back-story to focus simply on its characters, plot, and setting.
Published in The Take Away with audio.