The Help

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Kathryn Stock­ett (2009)

The Help, Kathryn Stock­ett’s de­but novel, is a poignant ac­count of African Amer­i­can maids work­ing in white South­ern homes dur­ing the civil rights move­ment of the 1960s in racially con­flicted Mis­sis­sippi. Nar­rated by three ex­tra­or­di­nary women – maids Ai­bileen and Minny and an am­bi­tious young woman nick­named Skeeter – The Help brings to the fore the com­plex spec­trum of black-white re­la­tion­ships, abuse and mis­trust, but also love and de­pen­dence. Stock­ett, draw­ing from her own life ex­pe­ri­ences, pre­sents com­pli­cated fe­male re­la­tion­ships in a com­pelling man­ner, mak­ing it a be­liev­able story of sis­ter­hood that will res­onate with many women. The beau­ti­fully writ­ten best­seller has won sev­eral awards and came to life as a hit Hol­ly­wood film (2011) star­ring Emma Stone.

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