Enter a vanished 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 . . .
Kathryn Stockett manages to seamlessly weave the lives of three entirely different women, all suffering through small town life in 1962. As the three women band together to break the rules and shatter the fragile nature of their communities racially prejudiced beliefs they face threats that could change the course of their lives.
Following the young and ambitious Skeeter, the hilarious and outspoken Minnie alongside the family-oriented Aibileen these women set out to collect the stories of the unheard women in their small town -the help. The fun and secrecy of their side project quickly becomes a far more serious matter the larger the number of people involved and the women struggle to balance their secret lives with their day-to-day. Featuring shenanigans, a sweet treat and a surprise around every corner Stockett delivers a fresh and exciting story of resilience and friendship full of memorable characters which is a must read for everyone who loves a summery page-turner. - Tara
Plenty Valley, 11/03/2016