The Help by Kathryn Stockett

We are reading The Help by Kathryn Stockett this time and dining at Cafe Sunflower in Buckhead!

About the book:

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.

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  • Karen

    This was a hard book to get into but after the 100 pages I found myself wanting to see what happened and page turning went fairly fast.. I felt it was well written but at the same time realize that this will cause new resonance to the moral issues of race. That could be good and bad at the same time.. I think we have to always remember the past so it doesn't happen again but be able to move on at the same time..

    July 1, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    I enjoyed my first meet up with you all. Sorry had to leave early/ Look forward to next time. Mary

    July 1, 2010

  • Raghu Oddiraju

    Gave up reading this book. Would love to know about black-south and stuff but the prose is little difficult for me to follow.

    June 21, 2010

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