The Help by Kathryn Stockett

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The Help by Kathryn Stockett is first and foremost a fascinating study of people living in the South just before the passing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 that put an end to segregation of Blacks and Whites in the United States. This well written novel gives you the story from a variety of points of view and this contributes to the well paced tension throughout the 451 pages. Skeeter grows up in Missippippi when well to do white families hired black women to help with housecleaning and the raising of children. She comes back from college to find that her best friends are all married, starting their own families and continuing the tradition of hired help. Skeeter's own family maid is gone and her Mother refuses to tell her the truth of her leaving. Powerful and soon to be a movie.


The Definitive Novel of the Old South

December 31, 2011

I received this novel for Christmas as a gift from my daughter.  I could not put it down.  I was caught up in the characters and the ever-changing pace of the plot.  Word choice and capture of regional dialect were excellent.  When I was growing up, my Aunt Bessie had a housekeeper named Daisy, and I had the same close relationship that this author describes in this novel - so that I was taken back in time and space as I read this novel.  Too, I was amazed to find that this is the first novel-length work of this writer.  It proved to be spell-binding.  Authors often arrive at the University of Missouri on campus here.  We have met and listened to discussions with the like of Edward Albee, etc.  I am deeply anticipating the arrival of this writer.  It would be fascinating to hear about her writing process, her development of plots and how she focuses to write.  Maybe she will see this, and consider paying us a visit on campus here.  We have an excellent creative writing program at MU.


~Delcia Crockett

Christian Writer, Composer and Teacher

Columbia, Missouri

A thoroughly enjoyable read. 

A thoroughly enjoyable read.  I'm not sure I want to see the move;, it will never do justice to the character development and mood of the era.