“I could not put this book down! The setting is Jackson, Mississippi in the early 1960s. Skeeter, a recent college grad from Ole Miss, is not content with the lot of women in her day...finding a husband, having babies & pleasing her mother. She views her friend's lives, filled with bridge, the country club & "coloured" women raising their babies, as stultifying. All Skeeter wants to do is write. After she finds a job writing a household help section for the local newspaper, Skeeter relies on her friend's maid, Aibileen, to help her with the answers to the weekly questions for her column. As her relationship with Aibileen & later Minnie develops, Skeeter sees the racial injustice in the South in a whole new way. Together the three main characters work to present the "coloured" maids' points of view.
This exceptional novel, the author's first, uniquely develops the main characters & their relationships with the secondary characters in their lives. Ms. Stockett was born & raised in Jackson & it appears that her own personal background has undoubtedly played a large part in the story. She wrote this novel from her heart.”
Gingabelle wrote this review Tuesday, June 9, 2009.