The summer I met Scout Finch, I’d just moved into the seventh place I would call “home,” where I’d begin the sixth grade in the fifth of six grade schools I would attend. That was the summer after Miss Wilson's fifth grade, the summer of my new braces and, more embarrassing, a first bra on my eleven-year-old breasts. …That was forty years ago this summer, ten years after To Kill a Mockingbird was published…
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the publication of To Kill a Mockingbird, I've written a short essay that appears this morning on AOL News, "My Summer with Scout Finch."
The book is one of my two have-with-me-on-a-desert-island books (I simply can't choose between it and George Eliot's Middlemarch), and one of the books the Wednesday Sisters read in my own novel because ... well, if you can't persuade your own characters to read your favorite books, what kind of writer are you?
The essay - thanks to folks here at Redroom who helped me get it placed, one of the many ways they help Redroom authors expand their audience - is listed in the "Top News" at aol.com, as well as on the aol news home page. And it's the top story listed on their opinion page.
I hope you'll enjoy it!
And if you've never read this wonderful novel (or haven't reread it lately) you're missing a truly wonderful read.