04 January 2010

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

The Help by Kathryn Stockett
(Kindle Edition)
Three ordinary women are about to take one extraordinary step.  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.

The Help by Kathryn Stockett is one of the best books I’ve read, I loved this book and this is the first book I read on my Kindle.  My blogging friend Susie recommended to me when she received it from her daughter as a birthday gift.

Taking place in Jackson, Mississippi in the early 60’s, The Help follows its three main characters, a young white graduate who wants to write about southern help from the point of view of the help, and two black women who have been raising the children of and keeping the houses of white families most of their lives. The Help is one of those books that you don't want to end because you love the characters and you just want to keep following them and their lives to see what happens!

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