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.The Washington Post -
Southern whites' guilt for not expressing gratitude to the black maids who raised them threatens to become a familiar refrain. But don't tell Kathryn Stockett because her first novel is a nuanced variation on the theme that strikes every note with authenticity. In a page-turner that brings new resonance to the moral issues involved, she spins a story of social awakening as seen from both sides of the American racial divide.More Reviews and RecommendationsBiography
Kathryn Stockett was born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi. After graduating from the University of Alabama with a degree in English and Creative Writing, she moved to New York City, where she worked in magazine publishing and marketing for nine years. This is her first novel.More About the AuthorCustomer ReviewsReader Rating: Ratings: 51Reviews: 23See All ReviewsI would love to see this book on high school required reading lists.by NJ-Nina
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April 21, 2009:
I LOVED THIS BOOK! It has been some time since I have enjoyed a book as much as I enjoyed The Help! It is a wonderful and touching story of how difficult it was to be black, and at times white, in the early 1960's. Mississippi had well defined lines drawn between blacks and whites; these rules of behavior were passes down from generation to generation. In the 60's things started to change and these lines became blurred, it was a difficult and confusing time for families of any color in the Deep South. The Help takes the reader deep into the lives of three women who dare to cross those lines knowing that they are risking their lives by doing so. I would love to see this book on high school required reading lists. It illustrates so vividly the inner strength of those who lead the way in the civil rights movement and how far we have come as a nation.Helpby Anonymous
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April 20, 2009:
I like the book til it got towrad the end. It is one of those books that you feel the author just wanted to end it. Horrible ending.
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