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Christmas GGDB Sneakers - Harper Lee's lawyer reveals how she discovered long-lost sequel of To Kill a MockingbirdTonja Brooks Carter found the manuscript last summer while doing legal work for her famous clientA?The lawyer at the firm Lee's father helped found is now helping the reclusive author publish the long-lost sequelA?Some have remained skeptical that the 88-year-old author is lucid Christmas GGDB Sneakers enough to support the publishing of her second novel everA?She previously vowed to never publish again, once saying that 'I wrote one good book, and that was enough'ByAshley Collman For Dailymail.comand Associated Press Published: 17:08 GMT, 8 February 2015 | Updated: 10:09 GMT, 9 February 2015 245 shares 33 View comments The lawyer helping Harper Lee Christmas GGDB Sneakers publish a sequel of To Kill a Mockingbird has detailed for the first time how she discovered the long-lost novel.In an interview with the New York Times, Tonja Brooks Carter said she was doing some legal work for Lee one morning last summer when she started looking through an old manuscript titled 'Go Set a Watchman'.At Christmas GGDB Sneakers first she thought it was an unfinished version of Lee's only novel, but then she realized that the main character Scout was older and the setting about twenty years later.'I was so stunned. At the time I didna£á?t know if it was finished,' Brooks told the Times.So she called Lee and asked if the book was Christmas GGDB Sneakers finished.'She said, Complete? I guess so. It was the parent of a£á?Mockingbird.a£á?'Scroll down for videoA? Reclusive author Harper Lee (pictured in 2007, left) is set to release her second novel ever - a follow-up to the classic To Kill a Mockingbird. Her lawyer Tonja Carter (right) found the long lost manuscript last summer, while doing some Christmas GGDB Sneakers legal work for her famous clientWhile the upcoming publishing of Watchman has been heralded as one of the biggest discoveries in literary history, many have expressed skepticism that 88-year-old Lee is lucid enough to have supported the decision.When Mockingbird became an instant success in 1960, Lee vowed to never publish again saying: 'I wrote one good Christmas GGDB Sneakers book and that was enough'.As the woman who both discovered the novel, and is helping to publish it, Carter has become the target of some of these conspiracy theories.For year's, Harper's sister Alice protected her authorial rights as a lawyer with the firm Barnett, Bugg, Lee and Carter in Monroeville, Alabama - the same law firm Christmas GGDB Sneakers their father helped found. To Kill a Mockingbird follows a young girl named Scout as she grows up in a small southern town during the depression. Lee's follow up, Go Set a Watchman, also focuses on Scout, but twenty years later. On the right, the design currently being used to sell pre-orders of the book on Christmas GGDB Sneakers Amazon. It's unclear if this is the finished designBut when Alice Lee passed away last November, it was Carter that took over as the author's champion.Sources close to both Carter and Lee have mostly defended the release of Watchman, though it breaks with the author's previous vow not to publish again.A?Connie Baggett, a former newspaper reporter Christmas GGDB Sneakers and a longtime friend of Carter, said Friday that the attorney was trusted implicitly by Alice Lee and in turn by Harper, whom locals call by her first name, Nelle.'She's not some interloper,' said Baggett, who came to know Carter and the Lees during two decades of covering southwest Alabama for the Mobile Press-Register. 'She's been Christmas GGDB Sneakers part of the inner circle for years.'A?Harper Lee used to split time between New York and Alabama but has lived full-time in Monroeville, halfway between Montgomery and Mobile, since suffering a stroke in 2007. She was last seen publicly at her sister's funeral, where she talked loudly to herself about seemingly unrelated things in a manner Christmas GGDB Sneakers that alarmed those present, according to several who were there but insisted on anonymity for fear of upsetting those close to the family.But historian Wayne Flynt, another longtime friend of the sisters, said he visited Harper Lee the day before the deal was announced, and found her completely lucid, cracking jokes and discussing the works of Christmas GGDB Sneakers C.S. Lewis, though she didn't mention her own new book. 'This narrative of senility, exploitation of this helpless little old lady, is just hogwash. It's just complete bunk,' Flynt said, adding that he has 'no reason to question Tonja Carter's integrity.'It's important to note, Flynt said, that 'Alice brought her in, kept her as a partner. Christmas GGDB Sneakers She let her work increasingly with Nelle.'The 88-year-old Lee is nearly blind and deaf and lives in an assisted living center in town. Relatives and others close her typically don't comment about publicly about her in deference to the publicity-shy author's wishes. Carter fits the mold: She hasn't responded to interview requests. Harper Lee's sister Alice Christmas GGDB Sneakers Lee helped protect her sister's authorial rights for years, but passed away in November. Carter took over representing Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird interests after that. Alice (left) and Harper (right) Lee pictured above on September 11, 2006 - Alice's 95th birthdayWith a title taken from the Old Testament book of Isaiah, 'Watchman' will be released Christmas GGDB Sneakers in July and already is No. 1 on Amazon based on pre-orders. The new book is set about 20 years after 'Mockingbird,' in which attorney Atticus Finch defends a black man wrongly accused of raping a white woman in the 1930s.In the sequel, Finch's daughter, Scout, returns to her Alabama from New York to confront attitudes Christmas GGDB Sneakers and feelings about her childhood home.'I'm alive and kicking and happy as hell with the reactions of 'Watchman,'' the author said in a statement relayed through Carter and attributed to her Thursday by the publisher.Carter handled Alice Lee's will following her death. Then, as Harper Lee's attorney, one of their first salvos was a lawsuit in Christmas GGDB Sneakers May 2013 against the son-in-law of a former literary agent, which restored control of the copyright for 'Mockingbird.' Some have remained skeptical about the sequel's upcoming release, since Harper Lee previously vowed never to publish again. The author pictured center at the assisted living home where she's a resident in Monroeville, AlabamaA?Carter had signed a document Christmas GGDB Sneakers in which Lee had reaffirmed her desire to give away the rights, but Carter also fought to restore those same rights to Lee, according to the complaint filed on Lee's behalf by a New York law firm.Lee then sought a trademark for 'To Kill A Mockingbird' items, like the knick-knacks sold in a town museum that Christmas GGDB Sneakers includes displays about the book. The museum opposed the trademark request, and then it too was sued by Lee, accused of wrongly selling 'Mockingbird' memorabilia without authorization and without paying royalties.Baggett, whose parents were eulogized by Carter and her husband Patrick following their deaths, said the proliferation of 'Mockingbird' related products was part of the reason Christmas GGDB Sneakers Carter advised Lee to more aggressively protect her interests and income after her sister's retirement.'Nelle was fiercely protective of the characters in her book while Alice was handling things,' Baggett said. 'As things have unfolded, Tonja took action. I can't imagine anyone looking out for the interests of the book and for Nelle who wouldn't do Christmas GGDB Sneakers the same.'The lawsuits were settled, but more controversy erupted last year when author Marja Mills published her book 'The Mockingbird Next Door: Life with Harper Lee.' The former Chicago Tribune writer had moved next door to the sisters in 2004 and documented their quiet lives in the city that inspired Maycomb, the setting in the novel.Harper Christmas GGDB Sneakers Lee released a statement through Carter saying the book wasn't authorized, prompting Alice Lee to send her own hand-written apology to Mills. In it, Alice Lee said Carter had created the statement, and had Harper Lee sign it. 'Poor Nelle Lee can't see and can't hear and will sign anything put before her by anyone in Christmas GGDB Sneakers whom she has confidence,' her sister wrote. 'Now she has no memory of the incident.' To Kill a Mockingbird was turned into a film in 1962, starring Gregory Peck as Scout's lawyer-father Atticus FinchAlice Lee describes confronting Carter in the letter, provided to the AP by Mills, and said the whole episode left her 'humiliated, embarrassed Christmas GGDB Sneakers and upset about the suggestion of the lack of integrity at my office.'Alice Lee died at 103 on Nov. 17. It was also in the fall, according to the publisher, that Carter found an unpublished manuscript of 'Go Set a Watchman' attached to an original typescript of 'To Kill A Mockingbird.'Baggett, who now works for the Christmas GGDB Sneakers south Alabama town of Brewton, rejected suggestions by some that Carter was trying to personally profit from legal disputes involving Harper Lee, or the new book. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Bobbi Kristina confidante reveals Whitney's tormented... The Blusher's guide to Fifty Shades of Grey: The 50 things... Santorums reveal their daughter's inspiring story of... 'I Christmas GGDB Sneakers looked down the tube of an RPG that had been fired at... Share this article Share 245 shares 'I think if there were a motive of greed, family members would have stormed in to put a stop to things,' said Baggett. 'I have not seen that happening.'jreeIt was Carter who filed Alice Lee's will in Monroe Christmas GGDB Sneakers County Probate Court. Lee left her estate to relatives and made donations to organizations affiliated with the United Methodist Church, in which she was heavily involved.Harper Lee was among the relatives who signed documents waiving their right to receive notice of probate proceedings about the will, witnessed by Carter and signed by Alice Lee in 2009 Christmas GGDB Sneakers while she was still practicing law on a limited basis. Such waivers are common and typically signal that relatives won't contest the will.Harper Lee has received honors including the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2007 and the Alabama Academy of Honor in 2001, but even then, she wasn't much for speaking. Asked to make remarks at Christmas GGDB Sneakers the state ceremony, she said simply: 'Well, it's better to be silent than be a fool.'A? Read more: www.nytimes.com/2015/02/09/books/harper-lee-lawyer-offers-more-details-on-discovery-of-go-set-a-watchman.html?smid=tw-bna .