10 February 2010 ~ 1 Comment

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Wow. I’ve been trying to find the words to review this one since I finished reading it, but I’m not coming up with the right thing here. This book is, simply, amazing. I was shocked to learn this was the first book by this author. The writing is beautiful, eloquent… just… good.

The setting is post segregation, not long after MLK is shot in Jackson, Mississippi. Someone decides to write a book about being a black maid to a white family. It’s poignant, it makes you think, it makes you laugh, it makes you cry. The three main characters are so… real? believable? I’m not sure how to even explain how I felt about them. I felt, many times, like I was sitting in Aibileen’s living room with them.

Don’t miss this one. I was left wanting to know more. What the aftermath was like. What happened? One can only guess…

Be prepared to meet three unforgettable women:

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…

Rating: ★★★★★

Book count for 2010: 13

One Response to “The Help by Kathryn Stockett”

  1. Lisa@put-it-on-the-list 11 February 2010 at 1:00 pm Permalink

    It’s so rare to see you really rave about a book — but if ever there was one that deserved it, it’s this one. I second your recommendation. I only loved it more after the second reading!
    .-= Lisa@put-it-on-the-list´s last blog ..Flubbed Texts =-.

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