Beloved American Classic told entirely from the perspective of 8-year-old Scout Finch. This compassionate, dramatic, and deeply moving novel takes the reader to the roots of human behavior-to innocence and experience, kindness and cruelty, love and hatred. A masterpiece of American literature. Set in small town of Maycomb, Alabama, during the depression, this story follows 3 years in the life of Scout, her brother Jem, and their father Atticus. To Kill a Mockingbird is a tough and tender novel of race, class, justice and the pain of growing up.