It was Jackson, Mississippi, 1962. Black maids raise white children, but aren't trusted not to steal the silver. Some lines will never be crossed. Aibileen is a black maid: smart, regal, and raising her seventeenth white child. Yet something shifted inside Aibileen the day her own son died while his bosses looked the other way. Minny, Aibileen's best friend, is by some way the sassiest woman in Mississippi. But even her extraordinary cooking won't protect Minny from the consequences of her tongue. Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter returns home with a degree and a head full of hope, but her mother will not be happy until there's a ring on her finger. Seeking solace with Constantine, the beloved maid who raised her, Skeeter finds she has gone. But why will no one tell her where? Seemingly as different as can be, Skeeter, Aibileen and Minny's lives converge over a clandestine project that will not only put them all at risk but also change the town of Jackson for ever. But why? And for what? "The Help" is a deeply moving, timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we won't.
Itis about how women, whether mothers or daughters, the help or the boss, relate to each other - and that terrible feeling that those who look after your children may understand them, even love them, better than you.
Kathryn Stockett was born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi. After graduating from the University of Alabama, she moved to New York City, where she worked in magazine publishing and marketing for nine years. She currently lives in Atlanta with her husband and daughter. This is her first novel.
'A wondrous novel about three unforgettable women. A glorious read' - Adriana Trigiani 'Daring, vitally important and deftly handled, I loved and admired The Help. It's very courageous. VERY courageous. Fantastic' - Marian Keyes
Shortlisted for Galaxy National Book Awards: International Author of the Year 2010.
My favourite read in 2009 â€“ Stockettâ€™s debut novel brilliantly catches each distinct voice of the three main characters, sassy Minny, dignified and determined Aibileen and Skeeter, the white woman whoâ€™s project brings the women together in one of the most oppressive towns in the USA during the Black Civil Rights movement. I loved everything about this novel; the language, the imagery, the oh-so-different attitudes and opinions and didnâ€™t want it to end.
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24 Sep, 2010
My favourite read in 2009 - Stockett's debut novel brilliantly catches each distinct voice of the three main characters, sassy Minny, dignified and determined Aibileen and Skeeter, the white woman who's project brings the women together in one of the most oppressive towns in the USA during the Black Civil Rights movement. I loved everything about this novel; the language, the imagery, the oh-so-different attitudes and opinions and didn't want it to end.