The Help by Kathryn Stockett

From Penguin.com

Be prepared to meet three unforgettable women:

Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter has just returned home after graduating from Ole Miss.  She may have a degree, but it is 1962, Mississippi, and her mother will not be happy till Skeeter has a ring on her finger.  Skeeter would normally find solace with her beloved maid Constantine, the woman who raised her, but Constantine has disappeared and no one will tell Skeeter where she has gone.

Aibileen is a black maid, a wise, regal woman raising her seventeenth white child.  Something has shifted inside her after the loss of her own son, who died while his bosses looked the other way.  She is devoted to the little girl she looks after, though she knows both their hearts may be broken.

Minny, Aibileen’s best friend, is short, fat, and perhaps the sassiest woman in Mississippi.  She can cook like nobody’s business, but she can’t mind her tongue, so she’s lost yet another job.  Minny finally finds a position working for someone too new to town to know her reputation.  But her new boss has secrets of her own.

Seemingly as different from one another as can be, these women will nonetheless come together for a clandestine project that will put them all at risk.  And why?  Because they are suffocating within the lines that define their town and their times.  And sometimes lines are made to be crossed.

In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women – mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends, – view one another.  A deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor, and hope, The Help is a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don’t.

from little ol’ me:

A couple of years ago a friend of mine suggested that I read this book.  I take that back, she insisted that I read this book.   I said I would, but then forgot about it.  I was too busy reading the Twilight series, and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series.  About 8 months ago, another friend told me that I needed to read this book.  But instead of just telling me I needed to read it, she handed me the book.

I am so, so glad I read this book.

I have to tell you that most of the book is written in an African-American southern voice and it takes a little getting used to, but it makes you feel like you are sitting right there at the kitchen table talking to Aibileen or Minny.

Throughout the book I found myself going through all the emotions that they were going through.  It sickens me knowing how people used to think, I am proud to see how things have changed, and I also see how much more we need to accomplish.

The author, Kathryn Stockett, is a white woman.   She added a little something after the book.  She told about how she is from Mississippi, and how she was raised by someone like Aibileen and Minny.   This was her debut novel, and I for one, am anxious to see what she writes next.

The only thing I didn’t like about this book is that it ended.  Great, great book!

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One Response

  1. EVERYBODY has told me to read this book. I haven’t found time yet but great review!

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