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.

I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it!


  1. This is actually our book club's selection for October. Looking forward to reading it (I already have it, sitting on my bookshelf).

  2. Lisa, guess what? Yeah, I want it. Surprised? No?

    The review reminds makes me think of Black Like Me, which was my mother's book that I found at my grandmother's house when I was a kid and read over and over again. I was fascinated.

  3. Chrystal, I borrowed it from a friend, so it's not mine to pass along :( But go get you a copy - it's a really good read!

  4. Bad reader, I am.

    I've added it to my to-read list. Thanks!