Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird is well known, especially in the South. It tells the sordid tale of southern "justice" as meted out by a rabid majority eager for a scape-goat. Atticus Finch, a small-town southern lawyer is picked to represent a black man, Tom Robinson, in his defense of rape charges against a young white woman. His children - younger, tom-boyish Scout and her brother Jem, and next-door neighbor Dill - are act as an innocent audience to the madness that unfolds. The family is derided, threatened, and even attacked later in the book. The children are also weary of local reclusive legend "Boo" Radley, although they later find there is nothing to fear and much to embrace.
The fictional setting of Maycomb Alabama, early 1900s, could just as easily be a factually accurate representation of many southern towns during that period. Perhaps it is even a little more Mayberry, RFD than was the general reality. (For example, there was actually a trial, a competent and non-collusive public defender, etc). However, it transports the reader back to a time from which we could learn much.
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Reviewed by Blake, First Regional Library