THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED.From the publisher of The Help:
Three ordinary women are about to take one extraordinary step.
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
In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three
extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their
own forever changes a town, and the way women–mothers, daughters,
caregivers, friends–view one another. A deeply moving novel filled
with poignancy, humor, and hope, The Help is a timeless and universal
story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don’t.
Poignant, moving, page-turning…I can’t find enough phrases to describe this amazingly engaging novel. Set in Mississippi at the outset of the civil rights movement, this book is sure to provoke you – as it’s meant to. After all, the novel’s protagonist, Skeeter, has been advised to “write about what disturbs you” and that she does!
The book’s publication is timely – in more ways than one. It hearkens back to a not-too-distant past when the thought of a black President of the United States was a laughable (and dangerous) fantasy, but it’s also an overwhelmingly optimistic book which is sure to bring a ray of sunshine into these unsettled times.
This book is engaging, important and uplifting, and I expect to see it hit coffee tables around the country as it’s sure to be an insanely popular book club pick.
-reviewed by Kath
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