The Help Is A Hit

Posted on July 27th, 2011, by iMinerva

Set in Jackson, Mississippi in the early 1960s, The Help reveals the uncomfortable disparity between the lives of whites and African Americans as seen through the eyes of  Southern housewives and their household maids.  For anyone who didn’t hear about or experience the pre-civil rights environment before Martin Luther King, and Bobby Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson, the story may seem unreal.  It’s not.

A first novel for writer Kathryn Stockett, The Help revolves around Skeeter, a young, white college grad who returns home to Jackson hoping to become a writer, and two maids – Abileen and Minny – who help her tell the story. 

A #1 bestseller on the New York Times, the LA Times and USA Today book lists, The Help will be coming to the silver screen on August 10, starring Emma Stone as Skeeter.

Here’s a recommendation from GB (Good Buddy) Kay:

“The Help” is a thought provoking, sometimes amusing, often heartbreaking story about life in Jackson, Mississippi in the early 60’s, where black women were trusted to raise white children but to not use the family’s toilet.    It’s the story of a young woman just graduated from “Ole Miss”, an aspiring writer, who wants to publish stories about black maids working for white women – an unimaginable task given the racial divide and hate and fear among the black community. 

I loved this book!   Hard to read at times, but memorable.     

I have seen some trailers for movie.  Don’t think I’ll see it.  I think they’ve made it more of a comedy, which the book is definitely not — at least in my mind. 

Thanks Kay.  Can’t wait to read the book.


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