Every single person that I know who read this book liked it. To a person, every single one. If you want to read just ONE book in June and have it be a book you can not put down, then read “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett.
In a nutshell this is a book about overcoming obstacles and fighting for justice. Set in a wealthy community in Jackson, Mississippi in the 1960’s, it is the coming of age story told using 3 different narrators. The first, is the plucky and lovable Miss Skeeter who has just returned home from college. She begins to question the way “the help” is being treated.
The second narrator, Aibileen is one of the black maids. She is a wise woman who is raising her seventeenth white child. Sadly, she lost her own child but is devoted to Mae Mobley, the little girl she is currently watching.
The third narrator, Minny, another of the black maids is the sassiest woman in all of Mississippi. According to legend, she can cook better than anyone, but keeps getting fired for her sharp tongue.
The three voices are all completely different and very authentic. The variety and differences between them help to keep the novel moving along. Also within the book is a love story, a scandal and clandestine friendships. What more could you want in a beach book?
This is Kathryn Stockett’s first novel. She grew up in the south raised in part by her black nanny. Because of her experience, she is able to capture this experience brilliantly. This novel took her 5 years to complete and was rejected by 45 literary agents. Like her main character, Skeeter, she was persistent and got her book published and it instantly became a best seller.
The movie opens on August 12, so make sure you read the book before you see the movie!