The Help Author: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 until Skeeter has a ring on her finger. Skeeter would normally find solace with her beloved maid Constantine, the... more » 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 maybe 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.« less
Awesome and amazing! Story of 3 women in the South of the 1960's. Two of the main characters are domestics, "the help" of the title. The third is a white woman from a well-to-do family who comes home from college with eyes opened to Civil Rights. She interviews anonymously "the help" to hear the story of what it is like to raise up someone else's white babies only to see them grow up racist. Moving story but also funny in spots.
I absolutely LOVED this book and didn't want it to end! I was a bit disappointed with the ending, but I think the author just left herself open for writing a sequel. The movie opens here this week and I will definitely be going to see it this weekend!