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***The phenomenal international bestseller that inspired the Oscar-nominated film***
Enter a vanished and unjust world: Jackson, Mississippi, 1962. Where black maids raise white children, but aren't trusted not to steal the silver . . .
There's Aibileen, raising her seventeenth white child and nursing the hurt caused by her own son's tragic death; Minny, whose cooking is nearly as sassy as her tongue; and white Miss Skeeter, home from College, who wants to know why her beloved maid has disappeared.
Skeeter, Aibileen and Minny. No one would believe they'd be friends; fewer still would tolerate it. But as each woman finds the courage to cross boundaries, they come to depend and rely upon one another. Each is in a search of a truth. And together they have an extraordinary story to tell...
'The other side of Gone with the Wind - and just as unputdownable' The Sunday Times
'A big, warm girlfriend of a book' The Times
'Harper Lee's classic novel To Kill a Mockingbird has changed lives. Its direct descendent The Helphas the same potential . . . an astonishing feat of accomplishment' Daily Express
What perfect timing for this optimistic, uplifting debut novel (and maiden publication of Amy Einhorn's new imprint) set during the nascent civil rights movement in Jackson, Miss., where black women were trusted to raise white children but not to polish the household silver. Eugenia "Skeeter" Phelan is just home from college in 1962, and, anxious to become a writer, is advised to hone her chops by writing "about what disturbs you." The budding social activist begins to collect the stories of the black women on whom the country club sets relies and mistrusts enlisting the help of Aibileen, a maid who's raised 17 children, and Aibileen's best friend Minny, who's found herself unemployed more than a few times after mouthing off to her white employers. The book Skeeter puts together based on their stories is scathing and shocking, bringing pride and hope to the black community, while giving Skeeter the courage to break down her personal boundaries and pursue her dreams. Assured and layered, full of heart and history, this one has bestseller written all over it.
D'agréables moments de lecture
Voilà un roman bien ficelé avec moult rebondissements. De longs moments de lecture pendant lesquels on ne s'ennuie jamais.
Étonnamment écrit avec l'accent traînant du sud américain, ce superbe livre est confondant d'exactitude. La relation qu'il décrit si bien entre les familles blanches et leurs servantes noires est pleine de mépris et d'aversion, mais aussi d'une affection réciproque profonde. C'est sur cette affection que se reconstruit aujourd'hui encore, difficilement une nouvelle relation. La route reste longue, mais le lien reste fort.
Quel beau livre! Heureux de retrouver ces personnes le soir