This book evokes the need for us to examine how hate and racial bias are really taught to us. The way this was presented was intelligent and real. All the characters were part of thier own conditioning, and are really trapped into thier own worlds. Some awaken and take thier blinders off, and some remain there forever. I loved this book, and would recommend it to anyone. Please read it.
I thought The Secret Life of Bees was terrific. This is just as good if not better. I am not a fan of southern accents and had trouble starting this book, but after an hour it couldn't be read any other way. The characters are three dimensional. It's a little depressing at times that people can be so bigoted and even though I am a product of the 60's and have always lived north of the M-D line, the town I grew up in was not that much different than Jackson. I went to my share of sit-ins. So the book has a personal resonance with me. It is a triumph.
With many great new books each year one always stands out and for me it was this story enhanced by the narrators,whom I believe took it to the next level. Its a must listen too.
Kudos to the author and narrators on a great book. I hated for the book to end. We named a room in our house the Relaxing Room in honor of Skeeter, Avaline and Minnie. I have listened to over 300 books on audio and this is hands down one of the best ever.