Yesterday, I wrote about how I was suspicious about Harper Lee’s decision to publish her new novel. I wrote that she was blind, deaf, and probably mentally incapacitated. Everything that’s ever been written about her for the past 50 years has said that she never wanted to publish a second novel because there was nowhere else to go but down after To Kill a Mockingbird.
I certainly wasn’t the only one to express that opinion. In fact, there was such criticism, that Harper Lee herself responded to it!
Well, at least according to the people who are publishing her book after all this time.
“I’m alive and kicking and happy as hell” she said in a statement that was released upon her behalf by her publisher, which was relayed to the publisher by Lee’s attorney, Tonja Carter.
By the way, according to various reports, “area residents who know the writer say that Carter has in recent years taken steps to keep her from seeing her friends and family, and become increasingly litigious on her behalf in a way that they do not believe Lee would have supported when she was younger and more alert.”
So there you have it. Lee’s publisher has a statement from Lee’s attorney (who has already been accused of not representing Lee’s interests) that Lee said that she was glad to publish the new novel.
I’m so glad that’s been settled.