I immediately noticed the large amount of backstory and narration Lee provides in the first chapter in contrast to work I've been reading lately by Carl Hiaasen and by Stephen King. King's book On Writing advises getting to the story quickly to retain the readers interest from the beginning. However, I found this background information interesting and enjoyed the descriptions of "Hoover carts" and of the slow paced lifestyle prevalent in southern communities.
I've spent a lot of time in Tenneessee and have heard people refer to Hoover carts and witnessed the slower pace and laid back approach to everyday living first hand.
I love the South and, so far, I love this book.