Three ordinary women are about to take one extraordinary step.
Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter has just returned home after graduating from Ole Miss. She may have a degree, but it is 1962, Mississippi, and her mother will not be happy till Skeeter has a ring on her finger. Skeeter would normally find solace with her beloved maid Constantine, the woman who raised her, but Constantine has disappeared and no one will tell Skeeter where she has gone.
Aibileen is a black maid, a wise, regal woman raising her seventeenth white child. Something has shifted inside her after the loss of her own son, who died while his bosses looked the other way. She is devoted to the little girl she looks after, though she knows both their hearts may be broken.
Minny, Aibileen’s best friend, is short, fat, and perhaps the sassiest woman in Mississippi. She can cook like nobody’s business, but she can’t mind her tongue, so she’s lost yet another job. Minny finally finds a position working for someone too new to town to know her reputation. But her new boss has secrets of her own.
Seemingly as different from one another as can be, these women will nonetheless come together for a clandestine project that will put them all at risk. And why? Because they are suffocating within the lines that define their town and their times. And sometimes lines are made to be crossed.
In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women–mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends–view one another. A deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor, and hope, The Help is a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don’t.
Every once in awhile a book comes along that makes you remember. One that makes you feel like you are right there in the moment going through the pain with them. That’s what The Help does. Kathryn Stockett weaved this tale of maids Minnie and Aibileen and the your writer Miss Skeeter with such emotion that you can not do anything, but get swept up in the wave and find yourself in Mississippi in the 60s. When I consider that decade was only about 50 or so years ago I just blank out. It turns my stomach that people really treated people like that and some still do so today, but that’ me getting off on a tangent. The help brings you everything a good book should: Laughter, suspense, danger, hi-jinks, and a twist or two. Most of all I think you should buy this book to Remember.
Now DreamWorks is bringing Minnie, Aibileen , Skeeter, and Miss Hilly to life on the big screen! In a couple of weeks when I head out to LA for the Disney Dreamworks event I will get a wonderful opportunity to catch a screening of The Help so I’ll make sure to come back and give ya’ll my opinions on if it does the book justice. For now check out the trailer: