To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee’s first and only novel is something we all have in common. By any measure, it is an astonishing phenomenon: winner of the Pulitzer prize, made into a magnificent film, still a best-seller after half a century. In compelling interviews with Scott Turow, James McBride, Wally Lamb, Rosanne Cash, Anna Quindlen, Oprah Winfrey,Tom Brokaw, among others, and with rare cooperation from Harper Lee’s sister and friends, Mary Murphy traces the history of what has been called our national novel. Hey, Boo explores the novel’s southern roots, its impact on the civil rights movement; the childhood friendship of Harper Lee and Truman Capote, the reason the young novelist stopped giving interviews in 1964 and never published again and the difference the novel has made—and continues to make—for generations of readers.
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