I’m a little behind the times. I just started reading The Help by Kathryn Stockett. I know what you are thinking, that was so 9 months ago. But I just watched the movie on the weekend, and I loved it so much I just had to read the book, and it happened to be sitting on my shelf.
“Be prepared to meet three unforgettable women:
Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter has just returned home after graduating from Ole Miss. She may have a degree, but it is 1962, Mississippi, and her mother will not be happy till Skeeter has a ring on her finger. Skeeter would normally find solace with her beloved maid Constantine, the woman who raised her, but Constantine has disappeared and no one will tell Skeeter where she has gone.
Aibileen is a black maid, a wise, regal woman raising her seventeenth white child. Something has shifted inside her after the loss of her own son, who died while his bosses looked the other way. She is devoted to the little girl she looks after, though she knows both their hearts may be broken.
Minny, Aibileen’s best friend, is short, fat, and perhaps the sassiest woman in Mississippi. She can cook like nobody’s business, but she can’t mind her tongue, so she’s lost yet another job. Minny finally finds a position working for someone too new to town to know her reputation. But her new boss has secrets of her own.
Seemingly as different from one another as can be, these women will nonetheless come together for a clandestine project that will put them all at risk. And why? Because they are suffocating within the lines that define their town and their times. And sometimes lines are made to be crossed.”
I am really enjoying this novel. I do find it difficult to read a novel after I’ve seen the movie first — it basically destroys one of my favourite aspects of reading, which is to interpret the world of the novel with my own imagination — but I loved the story and characters so much I wanted more. I love novels that are character-driven, and Kathryn Stockett has created amazing characters with a great depth to them — they seem to exist outside the novel. I definitely would recommend it to the few people who didn’t read it when the movie was EVERYWHERE. It is, however, written in the Southern drawl and that took me awhile to get used to.