I recently completed a novel that has definitely made its place on my Favorite Novels list. The Help, penned by Kathryn Stockett is set in Jackson, Mississippi in 1962, offers a detailed account into the lives of African American domestics (referred to as ‘help’) working for middle-class white families. Written from three characters’ perspectives, two domestics whom are victims of racism and a young white woman in search of her previous domestic, the reader is given a multi-sided view and understanding of the circumstances the characters are faced with. Stockett manages to grip the reader’s attention with a bit of light humor and a crafty series of events unfolding throughout the novel.
- The Help is Kathryn Stockett’s debut novel
- It has sold more than 5 million copies.
- It has made the New York Times Best Seller list for over 100 weeks.
- The Help has been made into a movie (of the same name), released in 2011 which was directed by Stockett’s childhood friend and movie director, Tate Taylor.
My rating of The Help: 8 / 10.
Grab a copy at your nearest library, or just order yourself one 😉