I himed and hawed about whether to read this book or not. The last thing I wanted was “fluff”. I decided to give it a go, and I certainly wasn’t disappointed. It was terrific!! The Help (published by Penguin) is Kathryn Stockett’s first book. She is an wonderful writer and the story she told is one that surprised me a whole lot. I knew things were bad for blacks in the south, but heavens, I had no idea that they couldn’t even use the toilet that the white family used. Set in the 1960s, it involves the white women of Jackson Mississippi and their “help”, the black maids that cater to their every whim and wish, not to mention their dirty dishes and often their dirty laundry (yes, pun intended). Among the maids there’s Aibileen and Minny, both work for who you’d call the southern belles of Mississippi, women who belong to the Junior League, who raise money for the poor children of Africa, but who treat their hired help like dirt. There’s Miss Skeeter, a white woman who doesn’t fit in very well and wants to be a journalist. She decides that the time has come for change and enlists the help of Aibileen and Minny to help her accomplish the nearly impossible. Remember, this was the 60s. It’s a wonderful story. Stockett divulges a bit about her own life at the end of the book that I found really interesting. One unusual thing about the book is that I didn’t mind reading the southern drawl that is so often used in conversations in books based in the south. Usually I can’t stand it. I was so immersed in the story I didn’t mind it one bit. I find that amazing! Anyway, it’s a great book. All 451 pages kept me totally absorbed. Check it out.
Archive for September, 2010
Did you ever read Three Junes by Julia Glass? It’s a great novel. I loved it. I’ve just discovered she has a new book out called The Widower’s Tale. Must check it out.