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The Help
by Kathryn Stockett

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The Help
by Author Name Kathryn Stockett

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List Price:10.99
Format: Paperback, 198 x 129 x 28mm, 464pp
Publication date: 10 Apr 2010
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN-13: 9780141039282

Dubray Review

Miss Skeeter is a young, white, aspiring writer, frustrated at the constraints of small-town life in Jackson, Mississippi in 1960. Taking a job at a local paper – an advice column on housekeeping – she forms an unlikely but close friendship with two black maids, Aibileen and Minny. Their relationship encourages more black maids to secretly disclose the harsh realities of their lives to Skeeter and she resolves to work with them to record their stories in a book. Given the tensions in the town from the rise of the Civil Rights Movement, this is an extremely dangerous time to speak out and the women show immense courage in a society where black lives are cheap. A warm, redeeming thread runs through this powerful book and the humour and dark irony of the voices stay with you long after you’ve read the last page.

- Nessa Behan, Blackrock

Description

"The Help" is the phenomenal international bestseller (that inspired the Oscar nominated film) by Kathryn Stockett. Enter a vanished and unjust 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..."The other side of "Gone with the Wind" - and just as unputdownable". ("The Sunday Times"). "A big, warm girlfriend of a book". ("The Times"). "Harper Lee's classic novel "To Kill a Mockingbird" has changed lives. Its direct descendent "The Help" has the same potential ...an astonishing feat of accomplishment". ("Daily Express").Kathryn Stockett was born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi. After graduating from the University of Alabama, she moved to New York City, where she worked in magazine publishing and marketing for nine years. She currently lives in Atlanta with her husband and daughter. "The Help" is her first novel.

Reviews

The other side of Gone with the Wind - and just as unputdownable The Sunday Times A big, warm girlfriend of a book The Times Harper Lee's classic novel To Kill a Mockingbird has changed lives. It's direct descendent The Help has the same potential ... an astonishing feat of accomplishment Daily Express Outstanding, immensely funny, very compelling, brilliant Daily Telegraph Immensely readable Observer Daring, vitally important and very courageous, I loved and admired The Help. Fantastic -- Marian Keyes A laugh-out-loud, vociferously angry must-read Marie Claire Touching, disgraceful, funny. Highly recommended Daily Mail Utterly brilliant She Remarkable, shocking, brave, brilliant Easy Living Wonderfully engaging dialogue Good Housekeeping A compelling, great first novel, with soaring highs, poignant side stories and laugh-out-loud anecdotes. You'll be sorry to finish it Psychologies A winning story of courage and truth Woman & Home A brisk, involving read Metro An exciting and atmospheric story -- Rachel Cooke Observer Books of the Year A wise, poignant novel. You'll catch yourself cheering out loud People