Kathyrn Stockett's compelling debut novel The Help investigates the relationship between black and white women in 1960s Mississippi. At the center of the novel are Skeeter, Aibileen, and Minny, three women who have grown dissatisfied with the way things are. Each woman's life has been difficult in its own way, but all three see the stratified, racist society of Jackson, Mississippi as partly responsible. They band together to effect change, but their efforts result in something far different than what they originally expected. They soon realize that the ties that bind in this hierarchical society are not straightforward or clear-cut.
With vibrant language, memorable characters, and excellent pacing, The Help contemplates what it means to live in the trenches of injustice. Though Stockett's insightful novel primarily meditates on the domestic relationships between blacks and ...
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