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.