The Help by Kathryn Stockett is set in Jackson, MS, in 1962 during the Civil Rights Movement. Young, white, budding journalist Eugenia Skeeter Phelan returns from college determined to work on her craft. Advised to write about a topic that disturbs her, she begins writing about race relations. She focuses on the lives of several black women who are servants to the country club set in which Eugenia lives.
Aibileen and Minny, black women who are servants to the white folk, are entrusted with the lives of white children but paradoxically not trusted enough to polish the silver. The book that Phelan writes rocks the community and brings mixed emotions to everyone involved.
This is the debut novel by Kathryn Stockett. She is from Jackson, Mississippi. Her novel has been praised for its realistic characterizations and pitch perfect dialogue.
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