1. Well I, for one, am glad you shared your opinions. You even made me (almost) want to read it. (I feel ambivalent towards To Kill a Mockingbird though so I do not feel immediately drawn to this one.) In the opinions that i’ve read, you seem to hit the nail on the head as far as it being a coming of age story. This is something that all kids have to struggle with at some point – is their faith and belief system their parents or will they own it for themselves? Interesting.

    Thanks for sharing. I don’t know that I’m anywhere closer to reading it, but I’m glad for the spoilers in this particular case because it lets me know if I’d really want to read it or not. And I might. But I’m not in a hurry.

  2. I think you’ve just tipped this book into the “sooner rather than later” camp. I think it’s fascinating that this was written before TKAM – and am so glad that someone suggested that Lee write the “backstory” for this one. It’s unfortunate, though, that she didn’t have/take the opportunity to clean up/edit this one for publication (although Annette’s explanation of why the publishers chose not to do it themselves makes a lot of sense.)

  3. Ah. Obviously it’s been a long time since I’ve visited. It’s been a whirlwind couple of weeks teaching. 🙂 (Camp…all fun!)

    This is one that I’ve really wondered if race and location (deep South/Alabama) would impact the reading of it. A good friend read it with me. Though she is white, her husband is black. She loved and appreciated it, too.

    You’re right. You can’t write much without spoilers.

    I think I was surprised at how I felt toward the beginning of not loving it, too. BUT since I read it in a day, I didn’t realize it. 🙂 Yes, your turning point was mine, too.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts (and linking to my thoughts). Always appreciated.

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