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 know many people will have read this by now and I am rather late in the game, but I wanted to read the book before I watched the film as very few times are the films a patch on the book? I wondered if yet again I’d read a book that was so full of hype that I would be disappointed as I have been with previous “must read” books but I can honestly say I wasn’t. The book is brilliant, emotional, laugh out loud funny, thought-provoking and very heartbreaking. I couldn’t put it down. Living in the 21st century we take for granted that everyone is equal (or certainly should be) and prejudice is a thing of the past. What grabbed me so much was the stupidity of the “white” ladies, how could they not appreciate the very important roles that these ladies gave to their households and to their children!
I have no idea if these stories are true stories that have been collated for this book as I never like to read other reviews or research books I haven’t read as I am so easily influenced, I like my reviews to be of my own opinion! Fabulously written and will grip you straight away. I imagine so much more has been said with more eloquence and substance! For those that read my reviews …. all I can add is that this is a must and I can’t recommend it enough (read the book before you watch the film!)
Truly a fabulous read.
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