The Help

By Kathryn Stockett

The Help


The Help

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Three ordinary women are about to take one remarkable step. Skeeter, 22, had just returned home after graduating from Ole Miss. She may have a degree but it's 1962, Mississippi, and until Skeeter has a ring on her finger her mother will not be happy. Normally, Skeeter would find consolation with... her beloved maid Constantine, the woman who brought her up, but Constantine has disappeared and no one will tell Skeeter where she's gone. Aibileen is a black maid, who raises her seventeenth white child as a wise, regal woman. After the loss of her own son, who died while his bosses were looking the other way, something has shifted inside her. She is devoted to the little girl she looks after, though she knows that they may be broken in both hearts. Minny, Aibileen's best friend, is short, fat and maybe Mississippi's sassiest woman. Like nobody's business, she can cook but she can't mind her tongue, so she's lost another job. Finally, Minny finds a position that works for someone too new in town to know her reputation. But her new boss does have her own secrets. Apparently as different as they can be from each other, these women will nevertheless come together for a clandestine project that puts them all at risk. And why, then? Because the lines that define their town and their times are suffocating. And lines are made sometimes for crossing. Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women in pitch-perfect voices whose determination to start their own movement forever changes a city, and how women, mothers, daughters, carers, friends, look at each other. A profoundly moving novel full of poignancy, humor and hope, The Help is a timeless, universal story about the lines we follow and those we don't. (Flap jacket)



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Quotes from The Help

Wasn't that the point of the book? For women to realize, We are just two people. Not that much separates us. Not nearly as much as I'd thought.

Everyone knows how we white people feel, the glorified Mammy figure who dedicates her whole life to a white family. Margaret Mitchell covered that. But no one ever asked Mammy how she felt about it.

Miss Leefolt sigh, hang up the phone like she just don't know how her brain gone operate without Miss Hilly coming over to push the Think buttons.

I always order the banned books from a black market dealer in California, figuring if the State of Mississippi banned them, they must be good.

You is kind. You is smart. You is important.

Constantine sat down next to me, at the kitchen table, I heard the cracking of her swollen joints. She pressed her thumb hard in the palm of my hand, something we both knew meant 'Listen to me.' "Every morning, until you dead in the ground, you gone have to make this decision." Constantine was so close, I could see the blackness of her gums. "You gone have to ask yourself, am I gone believe what them fools say about me today?" She kept her thumb pressed hard in my hand. I nodded that I understood. I was just smart enough to realize she meant white people. And even though I still felt miserable, and knew that I was, most likely, ugly, it was the first time she ever talked to me like I was something besides my mother's white child. All my life I'd been told what to believe about politics, coloreds, being a girl. But with Constantine's thumb pressed in my hand, I realized I actually had a choice in what I could believe.

Reviews of The Help


This genuine page-turner offers a whiff of white liberal self-congratulation that won’t hurt its appeal and probably spells big success.

With its intimate portrayals of the maids’ relationships with their employers and the children they care for, “The Help” appeals to readers who feel they are getting a behind-the-scenes peek into a dark period in the country’s history.

I really enjoyed this book, it was a really great read and I loved how it showed you the world at the time through three people's eyes...

It's definitely a hard subject to write about and we see that from both Kathryn Stockett's and Skeeter's writing. The Help changed the lives of the women in the book and I feel as if somehow it changed my life too.


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