by Kathryn Stockett
The latest book selected for book club this month is The Help by Kathryn Stockett. Set in Mississippi in the early 1960's, Stockett weaves a startling, resonant portrait of the intertwined lives of women on opposite sides of the racial divide and the journey that binds them together.
This debut novel brings to life twenty-two-year-old Skeeter who has just returned home after graduating from Ole Miss. Aibileen, a wise, regal black maid raising her seventeenth white child. Minny, Aibileen's best friend, who can cook like nobody's business but can't mind her tongue. It is 1962, with the civil rights movement exploding all around them and these three ordinary women are about to take one extraordinary step that forever changes a town and the way women -- mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends -- view one another.
This is an excellent book. The storyline and the characters so intrigued me that my husband asked me to get it for him on audio. I frequently summarize books that I have enjoyed for him ... this is the first time he has said, "I want to experience this one too."
I am delighted to recommend, The Help. If you have read it - or once you have finished it, please let me know what you think of it.