Friday, December 4, 2009

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Set in Jackson, Mississippi, during the early 1960s, this novel is told in the voices of three different women: one young White socialite and two Black maids. Skeeter comes home from college to find that Constantine, the maid who raised her, has disappeared. Aibilene is raising her 17th White child, working in the home of Skeeter's friend, Elizabeth. My favourite character is Minny, an outspoken women who has lost 19 jobs because of her sassiness. I listened to an audio production brilliantly rendered by four different narrators and felt transported to the setting and time by their Southern accents. Highly recommended. Grade 8 - adult.

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