The Help by Kathryn Stockett 2011 Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam Publisher
(February 10, 2009)
The Help is about several black women that are maid from a small town of Mississippi and their struggles to maintain their job. They work as caregivers to while folks, their children and struggling to stay alive during the Civil Rights era of the 1960’s violence. How through their friendship with a young white women, Eugenia “Skeeter” Phelan, who wants to be a novelist unfortunately is currently just writing her club’s newsletters and self help pieces for the newspaper, tell their personal stories.
Some parts are very funny and others cause us to raise an eyebrow at how stupid some of the things white folks said and believed back then. The class difference were a major part of this, keeping those black folks in their place and they should be greatfull for what was given them, example hand me down clothes from their employers. The violence was lightly touched on since the book was trying to keep things light and directly to the inter play between the white women employers and their individual black maid’s lives.
Each character in the book was well developed and memorable.