What is the setting of To Kill a Mockingbird?In detail 8-12 setences.

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Harper Lee's novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, is set in the fictional town of Maycomb, Alabama in the early 1930s. The story takes place over several years and ends on Halloween night of 1935. Maycomb is a small town in central or southern Alabama (people from Northern Alabama are looked upon with disdain) and the county seat of Maycomb County. Most of the action takes place on or near "the main residential street in town," home to the family of Atticus Finch, whose daughter, Scout, serves as the story's narrator. A mysterious recluse, Boo Radley, the source of most of the town's gossip, lives nearby. There are a few stores and churches, but no movie theatre. It was hot in the summer--"Men's stiff collars wilted by nine in the morning"--and the rare snowfall that fell in Chapter 8 was the first in many years.

    Maycomb was an old town, but it was a tired old town... In rainy weather the streets turned to red slop; grass grew on the sidewalks, the courthouse sagged in the square...
    People moved slowly then. They ambled across the square, shuffled in and out of the stores around it, took their time about everything... There was no hurry, for there was nowhere to go, nothing to buy and no money to buy it with, nothing to see outside the boundaries of Maycomb County.

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