The Help - Kathryn Stockett

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The Help - Kathryn Stockett

Post  Ashley on Fri Nov 27, 2009 3:11 pm

Summary from Amazon: What perfect timing for this optimistic, uplifting debut novel (and maiden publication of Amy Einhorn's new imprint) set during the nascent civil rights movement in Jackson, Miss., where black women were trusted to raise white children but not to polish the household silver. Eugenia Skeeter Phelan is just home from college in 1962, and, anxious to become a writer, is advised to hone her chops by writing about what disturbs you. The budding social activist begins to collect the stories of the black women on whom the country club sets relies and mistrusts enlisting the help of Aibileen, a maid who's raised 17 children, and Aibileen's best friend Minny, who's found herself unemployed more than a few times after mouthing off to her white employers. The book Skeeter puts together based on their stories is scathing and shocking, bringing pride and hope to the black community, while giving Skeeter the courage to break down her personal boundaries and pursue her dreams. Assured and layered, full of heart and history, this one has bestseller written all over it.

Has anybody else read this book yet? I only have a couple chapters left to go. I knew nothing about the book when I started reading it so I didn't know what to expect at first. It's very moving so far and I think that Kathryn Stockett is really good at keeping the story moving at a good pace while also stopping to let the reader absorb character development.

Ashley

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