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watchman“Go Set a Watchman”, the much awaited novel from Harper Lee (To Kill a Mockingbird), was released on July 14th.  This story was written before Mockingbird but occurs at a latter point in time, as an adult Scout returns to Maycomb Alabama.   The title, from the Book of Isiah ( “Go, set a watchman, let him declare what he seeth.”), alludes to Scout‘s view of lawyer Atticus Finch, as the moral compass Maycomb, in response to the simmering social changes of the 1950s.   Also new in fiction is “The Truth According to Us” by Annie Barrows (HC and CD),  who gave us “Guernsey Potato Pie”, is about a society girl who is sent to West Virginia with the Federal Writers project. She dreads exile from the city, but her dread turns to interest as she probes the town’s mysteries. Barrows “leaves no doubt that she is a storyteller of rare caliber, with wisdom and insight to spare (Paula McClain).”  “Saint Maizie” by Jamie Attenberg is a story about a “rough-and-ready Mother Theresa”, who opened the doors of her bowery movie theater to the needy during the Great Depression. This is a “witty, colorful piece” (NY Times). “Church of Marvels” by Leslie Parry is another New York story in which the fate of two destitute circus performers from the “Church of Marvels’ converge with other wayfarers –a man who saves a baby, a woman fighting commitment to an asylum and a mysterious Mrs. Bloodworth who figures in all of their journeys. Parry “vividly brings her characters to life and captures the underbelly of 1895 New York.” And, “A Paris Affair” by Tatiana de Rosnay, offers a portrait of forbidden loves in many shades – some tragic, sometimes humorous- from the author of “Sarah’s Key.”

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