Tuesday, June 28, 2011

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

The HelpThe Help by Kathryn Stockett

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Three ordinary women are about to take one extraordinary step...

In 1962 Jackson, Mississippi, two African-American maids and one white Junior League socialite—seemingly as different from one another as can be, will nonetheless come together for a clandestine project that will put them all at risk. And why? Because they are suffocating withing the lines that define their town and their times. And sometimes line are made to be crossed.

In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three memorable women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women—mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends—view one another. A deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor, and hope, The Help is a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don't.

The book was definitely AMAZING! I listened to the audiobook and the Narrators were wonderful. They captured the essence of each woman so well. Telling stories of black women working for white families in Jackson, Mississippi in the 1960's was definitely taking a big risk. It opened my eyes to conditions there and then and also the few stories of the good things that started to happen as a result of the book -- fictional or not -- were hopeful. I wanted to read (listen to) this book before the movie comes out in August and I am so glad I did. The characters crept into my heart and have remained there. I really liked Abeline, Winnie & Skeeter as well as Miss Celia. They were all so strong in their own ways. I don't want to give anything away, but I must say I was a little surprised at the ending. If you haven't read this book, you should.

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  1. I just began the audio version yesterday!!! I'm 100% hooked!

  2. i love historical fiction. this book describes the life of black maids in the south. they are brave and strong characters with a desire to create change. Great story.
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