About the Book:
In a sleepy Alabama town in the 1930s, young Scout Finch grows up on a quiet street with her brother, Jem, and her father, Atticus. The town is shaken up when a black man is accused of raping a white woman and Atticus is assigned to defend the man. This big event, seen through the eyes of Scout, consumes the town for over a year.
I never had to read this book in high school or college, but my husband (a non-reader) said it was the best book he'd ever read. I watched the movie many years ago and thought, "eh, it's a nice story," but that's about it. Still, after my husband's high recommendation and all the good things I'd heard about this over the years I figured I ought to give it a chance. So I recommended it to my book club and they decided to read it for our May meeting.
I picked this up a few days ago and couldn't put it down. Even knowing how the whole plot turned out (from seeing the movie), I was captivated by the writing in this book. I mean, the writing - it is just beautiful! The characters are so real, so vivid ... it's like I know these people. Harper Lee has a way with words that makes her story flow like water, like a smooth, slow river. I don't know how else to explain it. And I certainly understand why people love this book!
My Book Club:
We're meeting to discuss this book on May 22 and I can't wait to see what everyone else thought of it. I think most of the ladies have read it before, and one of them teaches it in her high school class every year, so I'm sure there will be lots of interesting discussion.