By Kathryn Stockett
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.
Some of you may have heard of the Help, as it is a film and novel, though as you can imagine the novel is 10 times better than the film! Words can not express how amazing this novel is! As a reader, I enjoy novels packed with plot twists and action, so I was surprised when I found myself immersed in this historical novel. I fell in love with the eccentric characters, though I must admit Minny was my personal favorite and without giving any spoilers, enjoy the pie! Kathryn perfected her style of writing, I was astounded with the way in which Kathryn dealt with the main theme of the novel, racism. I have yet to read a novel which deals with such a complexe theme such as racism in the way that Kathryn has achieved. She managed to go deeper than the superficial issue at hand and find the root of the problem.
The story was told through 3 different character’s points views resulting in excellent character development. In an understated and simple way Kathryn Stockett is able to express the raging emotions experienced by each character, in a way that is relatable to all readers. I can count on one hand the amount of novels I have cried through and I was literally in tears by the end of this novel! I would strongly recommend this novel to anyone! There is no way you cannot enjoy reading this historical fiction masterpiece.