I finished Harper Lee's prequel to TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD last week. Tears fell as I read about Jean Louise's battle with bigotry. I was deeply touched by the love , no matter how it is exhibited, of the closest men in her life. It was a tumultuous time in the South, yet Atticus still looms heroic to me as the man who righted the wrong in Lee's next book that we all know and love. This is a very good book of the late 1950's in the South. I don't know of any other book in this time period. Do you? Makoto Fujimura writes a good analysis of this book here.