I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it!
Monday, September 7, 2009
The Help (a novel)
The Help by Kathryn Stockett: At over 400 pages, this book kept me reading! Set in 1960s Jackson, Mississippi on the brink of the Civil Rights movement when racial tensions ran violently high, it's the story of a young white woman who aspires to be a journalist. Under the cover of darkness, she collaborates with a group of black maids in the community to write an expose about what it's like to be a black domestic working for white families. Although the book is published under Anonymous, this endeavor turns her white friends into enemies. Written from the alternating perspectives of the three main characters, the nuances of each character and relationship in the book is given a feeling of authenticity by everyone's clear flaws and the lack of tidy endings in the story.