Go Set a Watchman Questions and Answers
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In conjunction with To Kill a Mockingbird, when does Harper Lee's novel Go Set a Watchman take place?

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Harper Lee actually wrote Go Set a Watchman before writing To Kill a Mockingbird, and the ideas in Watchman gave birth to Mockingbird. Though the story of Mockingbird focuses on Scout's and Jem's childhoods, beginning with Scout at the age of 6 and Jem at 10, the tale is actually narrated by a more adult Scout after reminiscing with Jem about the events of the story. Similarly, Watchman is set in Scout's adulthood, when she is 26. We also know for sure that in Watchman Jem passed away two years ago from a heart condition inherited by their mother, but we don't know for sure if the adult Jem is still alive or has already passed away by the time the narration begins in Mockingbird. It is possible the narration of Mockingbird begins at the exact same relative time in which Watchman is set, perhaps just a few years before the setting of Watchman. All in all, we know that both the narration of Mockingbird and Watchman are set when Scout is a young adult, no older than her 20s.

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