As controversy mounts ahead of Harper Lee's highly-anticipated new novel, Jonathan Burnham, a vice president at Harper Collins, Lee's publisher, described the message the author was trying to convey.
"Often there are no clear lines as to what is absolutely right and absolutely wrong in the way you view the world," Burnham said.
Like Harper Lee's famous novel "#ToKillAMockingbird," the author's new book, "#GoSetAWatchman," is told from the perspective of its main character, Scout, but set 20 years later.
Scout is a grown woman, and America will learn that the father she revered in "Mockingbird" may not be the person readers think he is, reports Fox News correspondent Michelle Malkin
Lee wrote "Watchman" while living in New York in the 1950s. She first submitted it to a publisher in 1957, who directed her to focus instead on a younger Scout. That book, "To Kill a Mockingbird," won a Pulitzer prize, sold more than 40 million copies and up until now, was Lee's only published work.
But will Finch, a character long heralded for his sense of justice and equality, now be viewed as a bigot? Or simply a multi-dimensional man of his time?
Readers will need to make up their minds.
"He is a man of prejudices. All of us have prejudices. This Atticus Finch in "Go Set a Watchman" is harder to understand, but let's not duck the work of doing it," Shields said..