Twentysomething Jean Louise returns to Maycomb from New York City on her annual two week visit. As she readjusts to slow-paced Alabama life, she is faced with an aging Atticus, childhood recollections of Jem and the formidable scrutiny of her aunt Alexandra.
From her disillusions following the County Citizen’s Council meeting, the novel traces Jean Louise’s bittersweet return and her discovery of the abhorrent truths about her family and neighbours.
Go Set a Watchman depicts the civil rights tensions and political unrest in America’s Civil Rights era. In fleeting, vivid passages the divisions and prejudices between races, generations and states are captured.
While this novel is set 20 years after To Kill a Mockingbird and was originally published as a sequel, it raises different questions, imparts unfamiliar characterisations and adds new meaning to an unforgettable classic.