First of, I’d like to state that I am so relieved to agree with the many million people who read it. In the recent past I have discovered that best-sellers are not always a literary achievements. This one is.
To me it is remarkable because it is the opposite of what I had expected. I started reading, knowing that it was dealing with racism. And then I am reading a story, whose narrator is telling her story in such a simple and calm way, that it doesn’t even seem to be about tolerance. Let’s say, I wasn’t prepared for that. It is almost modest, for lack of a better word. There is no need for fancy wording or out of the way structuring. It just is. The truths told, truths about tolerance and religion and the usual triangle of race-class-gender-issues, are so obvious that this is exactly what is leaving an impression on me.
The fact that they had to written down and voiced is scary. And it is even more scary that in the present, they are still needed to be written down for people to remember.
Therefore I hope people will continue reading the book and others like it.