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Not sure if anyone here has this on their wish list (it's a long line), but if you don't I highly recommend you add it! My sorority's alumnae chapter choose to read this for our May book club meeting as the author is a fellow sister. I am not a fan of southern writers, nor have I enjoyed prior books written by a couple other of my sorority sisters, so I was pleasantly surprised.
As I read, I found myself agog that things were like this in our country, not all that very long ago. There are some funny moments and some sorrowful moments, but overall I enjoyed the book. I don't think it's destined to become a classic, but worth reading. My only niggle with it is that the author's choice of writing Minny and Aibelene's voice in dialect (think Mammy's voice in GWTW). It took me a bit to make the connection and get the cadence of their voice going in my head. The book is told from three points of view - SKeeter, Minny and Aibilene and when it changes from one POV to another it took me a moment to reorientate myself.
Three cheers to Ms Stockett and an impressive debut novel. I definitely look forward to reading more of her work -- and would even if she weren't a sorority sister. :