Publisher issues Harper Lee statement on new book

FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2007, file photo, Harper Lee, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, "To kill a Mockingbird," smiles during a ceremony honoring the four new members of the Alabama Academy of Honor at the Capitol in Montgomery, Ala. Publisher Harper announced Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015, that "Go Set a Watchman," a novel Lee completed in the 1950s and put aside, will be released July 14. It will be her second published book. (AP Photo/Rob Carr, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Amid concerns that Harper Lee was not involved in the decision to publish a second novel, HarperCollins issued a statement in which the author says she is “happy as hell” about the response to her upcoming book, “Go Set a Watchman.”

In the statement, relayed through Lee’s attorney, Tonja Carter, the author says “she is alive and kicking and happy as hell with the reactions of ‘Watchman.'” Lee stunned the world this week by agreeing to the release of her first book since the classic “To Kill a Mockingbird” came out in 1960. But ecstasy has been tempered by speculation about her condition. Lee, 88, has been in poor health in recent years.

“Watchman,” to be published in July, already is No. 1 on Amazon.com.

 

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