The Help

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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.

Quick facts:

  • 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 😉

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