(Alexandra Alter’s article appeared in The New York Times, 4/23; via Pam Green.)

The actress Reese Witherspoon will narrate the audiobook for Harper Lee’s second novel, “Go Set a Watchman,” which comes out on July 14, HarperCollins announced on Thursday.

The novel, which Ms. Lee finished in the mid-1950s before she wrote “To Kill a Mockingbird,” takes place some 20 years after “Mockingbird,” and features a grown-up Scout and her aging father Atticus. Ms. Lee’s publisher and literary agent say that the story is distinct from “To Kill a Mockingbird,” though the two novels share the same setting and characters. HarperCollins is planning a huge two million copy first printing.


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