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The Help by Kathryn Stockett

02nd December 2009

I could not put this book down.  My children and home were horribly neglected as I devoured this fantastic novel.  Skeeter is a 22 year old white girl, living at home in Mississippi in the 1960’s.  She wants to be a writer, but doesn’t know how to make that dream come true.  Aibileen and Minny are black maids, working for Skeeter’s friends.  They too have dreams of something more, but are trapped by the society in which they live.  The 3 women come together in an amazing way to claim their dreams and stand up for what’s right.

This is a must-read book and would be perfect for a group of friends or a book group to read together.  It begs to be discussed, savored and enjoyed with other women.  And although the book alone was fantastic, the addition of an author’s note at the end makes it even better.  Stockett reveals some personal childhood experiences and how they led to the writing of her book.  It makes the rest of the book that much more meaningful.