***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
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
It took Kathryn Stockett five years to write The Help, her powerful debut novel examining the relationships between African-American maids and their wealthy white employers at the height of the civil rights movement. Set in the segregated households of Jackson, Mississippi, the story is told via three female narrators—portrayed in the acclaimed film adaptation by by Viola Davis, Emma Stone and Octavia Spencer, who won an Oscar® for her role as the fiery Minny Jackson. The Help is a heartbreaking and ultimately triumphant celebration of love, respect and the powerful forces that bind us together.
Four peerless actors render an array of sharply defined black and white characters in the nascent years of the civil rights movement. They each handle a variety of Southern accents with aplomb and draw out the daily humiliation and pain the maids are subject to, as well as their abiding affection for their white charges. The actors handle the narration and dialogue so well that no character is ever stereotyped, the humor is always delightful, and the listener is led through the multilayered stories of maids and mistresses. The novel is a superb intertwining of personal and political history in Jackson, Miss., in the early 1960s, but this reading gives it a deeper and fuller power. A Putnam hardcover (Reviews, Dec. 1).
Best book I've read this year
Beautifully written, passionate, enlightening. Possibly the female version of 'Of Mice and Men'? Highly recommended.
Wow! Just wow! A great read and is going to be hard to find another book to live up to it. A MUST BUY!!!!
I expected this book to be good but not as heartwarming and soulful as it was. It was a fantastic book, informative while entertaining. Well written and a pleasure to read.