Harper Lee's new book hits store shelves

The book takes place 20 years after her famous novel

The book takes place 20 years after her famous novel "To Kill a Mockingbird." (7/14/15)

NEW YORK - Fans of author Harper Lee are finally able to get their hands on a coveted copy of her second book. 

"Go Set a Watchman" has hit bookstore shelves and is expected to become a top seller quickly. 

The book was actually written before Lee's famous novel "To Kill a Mockingbird." It will allow readers to rediscover some of the same characters 20 years after the "Mockingbird" storyline, but some fans are upset after news broke that the beloved Atticus Finch is portrayed as a racist. 

The 89-year-old's lawyer discovered "Go Set a Watchman" in a safety deposit box after her family and friends began to speak about a possible second novel. 

The Barnes & Noble in Co-op City is just one of the Bronx bookstores with hundreds of copies for sale. News 12 spoke to the first woman to buy a hard copy there, and she was thrilled about its release. 

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