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The Help

by Kathryn Stockett

Enter a vanished and unjust world: Jackson, Mississippi, 1962. Where black maids raise white children, but aren’t trusted not to steal the silver…

There’s Aibileen, raising her seventeenth white child and nursing the hurt caused by her own son’s tragic death; Minny, whose cooking is nearly as sassy as her tongue; and white Miss Skeeter, home from College, who wants to know why her beloved maid has disappeared.

Skeeter, Aibileen and Minny. No one would believe they’d be friends; fewer still would tolerate it. But as each woman finds the courage to cross boundaries, they come to depend and rely upon one another. Each is in a search of a truth. And together they have an extraordinary story to tell…

‘A wise, poignant novel…you’ll catch yourself cheering out loud.’ People Magazine

‘Graceful and real and compulsively readable…Stockett jumps effortlessly between her women’s voices.  She has created a world of memorable supporting characters to surround them… When folks at your book club wonder what to read next month, go on and pitch this wholly satisfying book with confidence.’ Entertainment Weekly

‘A story with heart and hope…a good old-fashioned novel.’ New York Daily News

‘A warm and inviting book; readers are drawn in by Aibileen’s voice and humour, by Skeeter’s passion for change…Aibileen is a comic and wonderfully observant character…This winning novel, sure to be a wild success with book clubs, affirms some things that are as true today as they were almost 50 years ago.’ New Orleans Times

‘Thought-provoking…her pitch-perfect depiction of a country’s gradual path toward integration will pull readers into a compelling story that doubles as a portrait of a country struggling with racial issues…already one of the best debut novels of the year.’ USA Today

‘Daring, vitally important and deftly handled, I loved and admired The Help. It’s very courageous. VERY courageous. Fantastic.’ Marian Keyes

‘What perfect timing for this optimistic, uplifting debut novel set during the nascent civil rights movement in Jackson, Mississippi, where black women were trusted to raise white children but not to polish the household silver . . . Assured and layered, full of heart and history . . . ‘ Publishers Weekly starred review

 



About Kathryn Stockett

Kathryn Stockett was born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi. After graduating from the University of Alabama with a degree in English and Creative Writing, she moved to New York City where she worked in magazine publishing and marketing for nine years. She currently lives in Atlanta with her family. The Help is her first novel.



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