Help, The

Kathryn Stockett
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, Aibileen’s best friend, is short, fat, and perhaps the sassiest woman in Mississippi. She can cook like nobody’s business, but she can’t mind her tongue, so she’s 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 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.

Reviews

Reviewed: 2021-05-19
This was a convincing and compelling read. The characters were fully formed, the writing evoked voices that sounded true and right, and the story transported me. Definitely the best fiction I've read in a couple of years.
Reviewed: 2018-12-26
I read a really fascinating review about this book a couple of nights, before I finished it. The review was not complimentary to the book--which I was, myself, enjoying. I could understand the perspective the reviewer was coming from and tried, as I continued reading, to see the book as that reviewer had. I'm glad to say I didn't get the same vibe as she had. The characters didn't seem flat, one dimensional, nor cartoonish to me.
I'd recommend this book, not as a stunning piece of literature, but as a tribute to a time that has passed and the people who had to struggle through it.
As many other people have noted, the book is immanently readable. The words and story flow and the reader just rides along with it with very little effort.
Reviewed: 2018-02-24
First time I read this, I really liked this one and found it a quick, enjoyable read. My book club picked this one up for the month and I just couldn't seem to reread the book. I don't reread too many books-so just me or the book? While the book club was split on whether they liked it, I realized during discussions just how much it depends on an emotional response to the book. Either you're turned off by the book or you fall in love. Give it a shot-it make work for you. Then again, you may end up throwing it across the room also.
Reviewed: 2016-12-17
Simple sober and excellent! Its a book which forces you to read it nonstop. Amazing. Next classic. All the characters and stories are well connected and YES she starts the new chapter at a point where you feel like skipping few pages and want to find out what happened with the character of the last chapter.
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