To Kill a Mockingbird

by Lee, Harper Year Published:
Family history and stories within stories suggest the rigid social ties that hold society together in the little town of Maycomb, Alabama, and the inescapable links that tie an individual to his or her family or clan. Scout Finch has an awakening when her lawyer father Atticus defends a African American accused of raping a white girl, a member of a family the town considers trash, a defense that roils up prejudices, shakes family ties, and demonstrates that decisions and actions are determined by the perspectives of the people involved.