It was Jackson, Mississippi, 1962. Black maids raise white children, but aren't trusted not to steal the silver. Some lines will never be crossed. Aibileen is a black maid: smart, regal, and raising her seventeenth white child. Yet something shifted inside Aibileen the day her own son died while his bosses looked the other way. Minny, Aibileen's ...
It was Jackson, Mississippi, 1962. Black maids raise white children, but aren't trusted not to steal the silver. Some lines will never be crossed. Aibileen is a black maid: smart, regal, and raising her seventeenth white child. Yet something shifted inside Aibileen the day her own son died while his bosses looked the other way. Minny, Aibileen's best friend, is by some way the sassiest woman in Mississippi. But even her extraordinary cooking won't protect Minny from the consequences of her tongue. Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter returns home with a degree and a head full of hope, but her mother will not be happy until there's a ring on her finger. Seeking solace with Constantine, the beloved maid who raised her, Skeeter finds she has gone. But why will no one tell her where? Seemingly as different as can be, Skeeter, Aibileen and Minny's lives converge over a clandestine project that will not only put them all at risk but also change the town of Jackson for ever. But why? And for what? "The Help" is a deeply moving, timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we won't. Itis about how women, whether mothers or daughters, the help or the boss, relate to each other - and that terrible feeling that those who look after your children may understand them, even love them, better than you.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! It really speaks to the real-life struggles of "the Help" of that era in a non-political, truthful way. Although this story is fiction, the ideas that comprise it are not. It is a beautifully told story of a time when life was not fair for all, and a reminder to us to never tread those paths again!
Aug 30, 2012
A delightful read!
My husband and I read books to each other and this one was so much fun...with the accents and picturesque southern way of saying things. Being from Canada I had only the news rendition of the black/white conflict so in that way it was very informative as well. The characters were so well depicted, we had trouble putting it down until it was finished. We vowed we would not see the movie until we had read the book. The movie did not come close to the book.
Jul 26, 2012
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I have recommended it to all of my friends. This is a great start to her career!! Bless you Kathryn Stockett for
writing what needed to be said.
Mar 15, 2012
This is hands down one of the best books I've ever read. Great story, great characters, great writing.
Mar 8, 2012
thoroughly enjoyable read
The author manages to tell an engaging story of several women, some white, some black, in the early 60's. The background of the civil rights movement is important, and she gives some devastating glimpses into the misery that gave rise to it. BUT, amazingly, she manages to counter the depressing aspects of the story with lighter, positive moments. There are some really very funny incidents and, overall, it's a hopeful, uplifting book. My own family is an amalgamation of races, and the black, as well as white, readers enjoyed "The Help" immensely!
Publishers Weekly, 2009-03-02 Four peerless actors render an array of sharply defined black and white characters in the nascent years of the civil rights movement. They each handle a variety of Southern accents with aplomb and draw out the daily humiliation and pain the maids are subject to, as well as their abiding affection for their white charges. The actors handle the narration and dialogue so well that no character is ever stereotyped, the humor is always delightful, and the listener is led through the multilayered stories of maids and mistresses. The novel is a superb intertwining of personal and political history in Jackson, Miss., in the early 1960s, but this reading gives it a deeper and fuller power. A Putnam hardcover (Reviews, Dec. 1). (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 2008-12-01 What perfect timing for this optimistic, uplifting debut novel (and maiden publication of Amy Einhorn's new imprint) set during the nascent civil rights movement in Jackson, Miss., where black women were trusted to raise white children but not to polish the household silver. Eugenia "Skeeter" Phelan is just home from college in 1962, and, anxious to become a writer, is advised to hone her chops by writing "about what disturbs you." The budding social activist begins to collect the stories of the black women on whom the country club sets relies--and mistrusts--enlisting the help of Aibileen, a maid who's raised 17 children, and Aibileen's best friend Minny, who's found herself unemployed more than a few times after mouthing off to her white employers. The book Skeeter puts together based on their stories is scathing and shocking, bringing pride and hope to the black community, while giving Skeeter the courage to break down her personal boundaries and pursue her dreams. Assured and layered, full of heart and history, this one has bestseller written all over it. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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