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Harper Lee's Upcoming Novel Raises Concerns About Aging Author's Care

FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2007, file photo, author Harper Lee smiles during a ceremony honoring the four new members of the Ala
FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2007, file photo, author Harper Lee smiles during a ceremony honoring the four new members of the Alabama Academy of Honor at the Capitol in Montgomery, Ala. “To Kill a Mockingbird” will be made available as an e-book and digital audiobook in July 2014, filling one of the biggest gaps in the electronic library. Author Harper Lee said in a rare public statement Monday, April 28, 2014, issued through HarperCollins Publishers, that while she still favored “dusty” books she had signed on for making “Mockingbird” available to a “new generation.” (AP Photo/Rob Carr, File)

Fans of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird rejoiced in February when the famously reclusive author announced a forthcoming HarperCollins title, Go Set a Watchman.

However, rumors immediately circulated that Lee, now 88 and residing at an assisted-living facility, may have been burdened to release a book against her volition. The state of Alabama is currently investigating whether Lee was subjected to elder-care abuse in her hometown of Monroeville, Ala.

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