THE HELP -- a skillful depiction of the ironies and hypocrisies that defined the south during the civil rights era
The Help by Kathryn Stockett (2009, Berkley; 545 pages)
This popular New York Times bestseller sets the story of many women's lives in the civil rights movement of Jackson, Mississippi in the 1960s.
Aibileen is a black maid in 1962 Jackson, Mississippi, who's always taken orders quietly, but lately she's unable to hold her bitterness back. Her friend Minny has never held her tongue but now must somehow keep secrets about her employer that leave her speechless. White socialite Skeeter just graduated college. She's full of ambition, but without a husband, she's considered a failure. Together, these seemingly different women join together to write a tell-all book about work as a black maid in the South, that could forever alter their destinies and the life of a small town.
Like The Invention of Wings and The Kitchen House (see below for summaries for both of those titles), The Help explores the delicate lines between race, religious belief, and family connections. The interesting dynamic between individuals, family, and community make all three of these reads exceptional.
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