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Go Set a Watchman Tops 1 Million Sales in the U.S. and Canada

An ongoing controversy, a lukewarm critical reception, and a questionable Atticus Finch have not been enough to slow the sales of Harper Lee’s long-awaited second novel, Go Set a Watchman.

The book’s publisher, HarperCollins, announced that sales of the book in the United States and Canada have totaled more than 1.1 million. The novel needed less than one week to reach the huge milestone.

The 1.1 million total includes pre-orders, as well as the first weeks’ worth of post-release purchases in stores and online.

HarperCollins says that these remarkable sales figures make Go Set a Watchman the publisher’s fastest selling book ever, though the Boston Globe points out that plenty of books from other publishers have done better (Scholastic’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, for instance, sold an unbelievable 8.3 million copies in less than 24 hours).

Go Set a Watchman isn’t the first book to race to a million sales this year; Grey, E.L. James’ alternate version of Fifty Shades of Grey, hit the million mark in just four days. Still, Go Set a Watchman‘s sales numbers are incredible for literary fiction.

Featured image courtesy of the L.A. Times