Sunday, August 21, 2011

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

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.

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.

My Review
I loved this book! The author wrote so that the reader can hear the dialect.

I cannot wait until I see the movie. Read this one.


Holly (2 Kids and Tired) said...

I seriously think I'm the only person in blogland who didn't love this one. The movie, however, does appeal. I just couldn't get into the book for some reason.
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Liz Davis said...

Hi Sally, thanks for posting this review. I watched the movie just yesterday and loved it. I haven't read the book but I plan to. I love your blog. Liz

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Micaella Lopez said...

The Help is a wonderful book! I believe it will end up as a classic, a book assigned to be read in English class and to be enjoyed by all. The ugly truth of race relations in the South with lots of funny parts added in. The characters are wonderfully written, very in-depth. Personally, I could not believe this was the first novel by this writer.
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