The Help by Kathryn Stockett is a based in Jackson, Mississippi, at the time of the civil rights movement. Each character comes to life as they tell the stories that only someone living in the South during this dramatic time can.
Skeeter just graduated from Ole’ Miss and desires to be a journalist. She has gone against everything her mother and her friends stand for. She isn’t married at the age of twenty-three. AND she wants a job.
Abileen has been a maid for many years and has raised many white children in addition to one of her own. She has seen her share of difficult times. Her wisdom and caring shine throughout the book.
Abileen’s friend, Minny, is also a maid and a wonderful cook. However, she has trouble keeping a job because of her sassiness.
Each of these women tell their own personal story about white Southern women and the colored woman who take care of their homes. At times the book is laugh out loud funny. At other times I found myself with tears running down my face. I loved the characters and loved the story. It brings a new perspective to Southern life in the 1960’s.
Now I can’t wait to see the movie!!