Long ago, when I was teaching high school English, one of my students mentioned how much she enjoyed stories about teens who contract deadly diseases, fight bravely to live and then . . . die. That sounded pretty dreadful to me, but almost all the other young women in the class enthusiastically agreed that they loved such stories.
Despite recent criticisms of “Go Set a Watchman,” I eagerly anticipated the second installment of what had been rumored as Harper Lee’s “lost” novel. The iconic author of the 1960 Pulitzer Prize-winning “To Kill a Mockingbird” vowed she would never publish again after a few failed attempts. The author refused requests for interviews or public appearances.