Monday, April 13, 2009

The Help

The Help
by Kathryn Stockett

About the Book: 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 wedding 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 who determination to 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 Me: The beginning was a little slow, but by the time I hit the halfway point I didn't pick up another book until I finished! It was really good! There was alot of behind-the-scenes history in this fictional story about the relationships between white women and the black maids they hired - which is my favorite way to learn :) It's definitely worth your time!

This book is part of my 100+ reading challenge.


Sharon said...

I've been thinking about getting this one, thanks for helping me decide to go ahead! said...

Sounds like a good read.

How many post do you write each day??? I thought I stopped by yesterday, but show up today to five new posts! Goodness, let a girl catch up!! LOL.