To Kill a Mockingbird
by Harper Lee. Okay, I should have read this a long time ago and just never got around to it until now.
This story is really one of a kind. I was really taken by this book, especially by the character of Atticus Finch, the father of the young girl in whose voice the story is told. Atticus is a widower, a lawyer, and the single parent of two children. We see him through the eyes of Scout, his eight year old daughter. Atticus is called on to defend a black man accused of rape by a white man in a rural Alabama town in the 1930's. He navigates the case and his family and the small town through the trial and backlash. Intertwined in the story is the relationship that develops between Scout, her brother Jim, and the recluse next door.
That's all. You'll just have to read the amazing book yourself.