Tuesday, June 8, 2010

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

The Help
The Help is a novel by Kathryn Stockett detailing three women’s intertwined lives in Jacksonville, Mississippi.  The story, set in 1962, switches between the perspectives of the three women each chapter.  We are introduced to Aibileen first.  Aibileen is a black maid, who primarily works for Miss Leefolt.  Minny, a black maid for another family, is the outspoken best friend of Aibileen.  Minny is fired from her job and becomes the maid of Miss Celia, the outsider in the town.  Eugenia, also known as Skeeter, is a recent graduate from Ole Miss, who longs to be a writer.  Her mother wishes her to put aside such thoughts and wants only to see a ring on her daughter’s finger.  On the advice of a book publisher, Skeeter takes a job at the local newspaper writing an advice column on housekeeping issues.  Skeeter approaches Aiblileen and asks her for the answers to questions readers send in.  From her contact with Aibileen, Skeeter gets the idea to write a book about the lives of domestic maids.  Aibileen introduces Skeeter to Minny and many other maids and Skeeter uses their life stories in her novel.  Skeeter is successful in getting the book published, but not without repercussions for herself and those whose stories she told.
The Help was a great story that included significant historical and enjoyable personal descriptions.  The characters were personable and the woven tales together made the book flow flawlessly.  Stockett’s descriptions were vivid and detailed and painted clear pictures of the setting during this time period.  Skeeter gave Aibileen, Minny and the other maids a voice in a time when their position in life was overlooked. 

{The Young Southern Prep}

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