To Kill a Mockingbird


Told 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 a 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