Now that the ageist controversy over Harper Lee’s lucidity has cooled, we’re free to question other features of Go Set a Watchman, her forthcoming blockbuster and sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird. How did the events of Scout’s childhood affect her relationship with Atticus? Is Scout pregnant, as the novel’s biblical title would suggest? And who will read the audiobook?
The answer to this last question (and many others) is Reese Witherspoon, who will begin voicing the novel this month. It is Witherspoon’s first audiobook recording.
“I am eager for readers to be transported to a pivotal time in American history in the manner that only Harper Lee’s gorgeous prose can deliver,” Witherspoon said in a statement. “As a Southerner, it is an honor and privilege to give voice to the Southern characters who inspired my childhood love of reading, Scout and Atticus Finch.”
The Witherspoon recording of Go Set a Watchman will be released alongside the print novel on July 14.