Sunday, January 22, 2012

The Help, Kathryn Stockett

This novel was a bestseller, and still is on the bestseller lists. It is set in Mississippi in 1962. "Skeeter", a white woman hoping to become a journalist, returns from for years at college to her hometown, only to find that her childhood companion and maid, Constantine, has mysteriously disappeared, and no one wants to tell her where Constantine is. She meets Abileen, a black maid, and Minnie, a sassy cook, and decides to write a book about the help and what they think of working for white people and their experiences. The Help has good storytelling and compelling, well-thought out, and unforgettable characters. It's also very difficult to put down. I just couldn't stop reading. Skeeter, Abileen, and Minnie each narrate different chapters, each with their own story to tell. All three of them are very human, memorable, and unique. They all have their own story tell. Abileen and Minnie are brave enough to tell their story. I loved this book, and would definitely recommend it. 451 pages, 5 stars.

1 comment:

  1. I can't say enough about how this book grabbed me and pulled me in. Even if you aren't from the South, you will appreciate a glimpse into a world you may never have know existed. Kathy Stockett gets it. And you need to take what she's giving us as a glimpse into another time.
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