Thursday, October 14, 2010

The Help


Be prepared to meet three unforgettable women:

Three ordinary women are about to take one extraordinary step. 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, Aibileens best friend, is short, fat, and perhaps the sassiest woman in Mississippi. She can cook like nobodys business, but she cant mind her tongue, so shes lost yet another job. Minny finally finds a position working for someone too new to town to know her reputation. But her new boss has secrets of her own. Seemingly as different from one another as can be, these women will nonetheless come together for a clandestine project that will put them all at risk. And why? Because they are suffocating within the lines that define their town and their times. And sometimes lines are made to be crossed. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way womenmothers, daughters, caregivers, friendsview one another. A deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor, and hope, The Helpis a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we dont.

My Review:  I absolutely loved this book.  I could not wait to pick it up at the end of the day.  I can not believe this is Kathryn Stockett's first novel.  I want more!  Has anyone heard if it will be made into a movie?  I think it would make a wonderful movie. The way the author writes about each character makes you feel like you have known them forever.  I had no problem seeing myself right in the middle of all the "going-ons!"  I can more than understand why this is the 2010 Indies Choice Book of the Year.  Can you even imagine your first published novel and it is the Indeis choice book of the year - holy cow.  What more can I say - a MUST read!


  1. I loved this one too. Sometimes books just don't live up to the hype, but this one was wonderful.

  2. Sounds like excellent chick lit right along the lines of How to Make an American Quilt which I did love. Thanks for the review.

  3. Hopping by via the Blogger Hop.

    I would love to curl up and read in a seaside cottage!

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