What if ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ is fantasy and ‘Go Set a Watchman’ is reality?



Though Go Set a Watchman and To Kill a Mockingbird share characters, settings and other vital elements, their stories and timelines can’t be fully reconciled — unless you allow that one is “canon” and the other is not.

The natural impulse, of course, is to give Mockingbird the benefit of the doubt — it was published first, after all, and it stands as one of the best-loved novels in American history.

But what about the alternative — that Watchman is Jean Louise (a.k.a. Scout) Finch’s reality, while To Kill a Mockingbird is a gauzy imagined past? A fantasy, through-a-child’s eyes version of events, a Tennessee Williams-ian memory play that Jean Louise chose to write down after learning the heartbreaking truth about her father? Read more…

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