A Time to Kill
Why this book?
An extraordinarily well-written, suspenseful, and thought-provoking novel that served as one of my earliest exposures to not only the seriousness of, but also the deep pain of, racism in America. Also, for aspiring writers, this was one of the first books I read in order to gain a foundational understanding of seriously good writing. It’s a perfectly crafted novel, wherein John Grisham shows his finesse at using grammar, creative imagery, plot development, character building, scene description, and realistic dialogue.