‘I want to yell so loud that Baby Girl can hear me that dirty ain’t a color, disease ain’t the Negro side a town. I want to stop that moment from coming – and it come in ever white child’s life – when they start to think that colored folks ain’t as good as whites. … I pray that wasn’t her moment, Pray I still got time.’
The Help is one of those books that you just never want to finish. The characters feel like your closest friends, and you cannot bear to part with them after the novel finishes.
Set in Jackson Mississippi 1962, this is the story of black maids raising white women’s children, but at the same time, they aren’t trusted not to steal from them. The story is written from three different perspectives.
Aibileen – Who’s raising her 17th white child, while at the same time grieving for her own son’s tragic death.
Miss Skeeter – A college girl and journalist, returning home to find that her beloved maid has disappeared.
and Minny – Whose cooking is brilliant and famous in Jackson, but she can’t keep her thoughts to herself, and soon that big mouth of hers is going to get her in real trouble…
Each of these women is searching for truth and freedom, and together, they may just find it…
Kathryn Stockett does a brilliant job of showing how these women struggle, trying to overcome years of narrow-minded prejudice and change the world for generations to come.
I absolutely fell in love with this book. It is wonderfully written, and even though novels on this topic have been written before, this was a brand new perspective. Not only was it both heartwarming and heartbreaking, but it was hilarious in the process. A book to make you both laugh and cry, and want to read all over again.
I cannot recommend it highly enough.
Original Book Girl