Wednesday, January 4, 2012

The Help

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.

I read this book in 2 days.  I couldn't put it down.  I kept wanting to know what was going to happen next.

Great book that fictionally tells how much courage some people had to have to make sure things changed. 

This book tells of how the white women of the south would hire black women to clean their house, make their food and raise their children.  But doing all this while being invisable and most times unappreciated.  There were some white women who went along because that was way it was done and the story is about one that wanted to change things.

I am looking forward to seeing the movie.  Hopfully it does the book justice.

This book gets a great big thumbs up from me!!!

*** This book was sent to me for free from BzzAgent in exchange for my opinion and word of mouth advertising.  However, all opionions express here are my own.  ***

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