Paperback / softback, 464 pages, Film tie-in ed Edition
UK, 29 September 2011
Enter a vanished and unjust world: Jackson, Mississippi, 1962. Where black maids raise white children, but aren't trusted not to steal the silver...There's Aibileen, raising her seventeenth white child and nursing the hurt caused by her own son's tragic death; Minny, whose cooking is nearly as sassy as her tongue; and, white Miss Skeeter, home from College, who wants to know why her beloved maid has disappeared. Skeeter, Aibileen and Minny. No one would believe they'd be friends; fewer still would tolerate it. But as each woman finds the courage to cross boundaries, they come to depend and rely upon one another. Each is in a search of a truth. And together they have an extraordinary story to tell...
About the Author
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.
The other side of Gone with the Wind - and just as unputdownable Sunday Times A big, warm girlfriend of a book The Times Harper Lee's classic novel To Kill a Mockingbird has changed lives. Its direct descendent The Help has the same potential...an astonishing feat of accomplishment Daily Express Outstanding, immensely funny, very compelling, brilliant Daily Telegraph Daring, vitally important and very courageous, I loved and admired The Help. Fantastic -- Marian Keyes A laugh-out-loud, vociferously angry must-read Marie Claire Touching, disgraceful, funny. Highly recommended Daily Mail
A beautifully written and insightful book. It is funny, tragic, interesting and beautiful. The story's three main characters each tell get a chance in the book to tell their version of the story, showing that class and race differences of the time, while celebrating the unlikely friendship that delevops. The Help highlights the importance of empowerment and tolerance and is a lovely read.
Great characters, a well written story with humour, humanity, thrills and a very satisfying ending. I have read some reviews saying that the writers portrayal of this era was too kind and not realistic enough. I think it struck a good balance, showing the truth the time without becoming too gory or disturbing to the reader. Highly recommended.
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