To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

imageTold in the voice of six-year-old Scout Finch, To Kill a Mockingbird is an exploration of race, class, and injustice in small-town Alabama during the Great Depression.  Scout and her brother Jem’s ordinary lives are disrupted when their father Atticus, a lawyer, agrees to defend a black man accused of raping a white woman.  As the trial proceeds, racial tensions run high and Scout’s childhood innocence is replaced with growing knowledge of how her world truly operates.

“I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand.  It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.”

Harper Lee (1926-2016) was born in Monroeville, Alabama.  She is best known for To Kill a Mockingbird, which was her only published novel until 2015, when an early draft of the book was published under the title Go Set a Watchman and marketed as a sequel.

Published:  1960
Length:  324 pages
Set in:  Alabama, United States



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