Friday, September 4, 2009
"The Help" by Kathryn Stockett
Set in Mississippi in the early 1960's, The Help brings to life the daily struggle between the black and white population. Times are tough for the black workers. They are treated poorly by most and have to work so much harder just to get by. This while many of the white women they work for don't even say thank-you, much less think they should. But, time's they were a-changin! Skeeter wants to be a writer, but needs something new, something to catch people's eye. With the thought of writing about what it is like to work as a maid in a white household, she enlists the aid of some of the maids she knows. Danger surrounds them as they meet to tell their stories. As the story unfolds, you will discover the answer to secrets long buried, feelings long repressed. You will get a glimpse of the fear, sorrow, anger, and joy happening on both sides of the racial divide. Can these women help effect change? Will the book get written? published? Come meet Skeeter, Minny, Hilly, Aibileen, Elizabeth, and the others. They will capture you with their stories and leave you wanting more.