BOOK CLUBKathryn Stockett grew up in Jackson, Mississippi and her first novel, “The Help”, depicts the lives of African American servants employed in white households in the early 1960s. The author was afraid that even early in the twenty-first century she might be “crossing a line” and her book was turned down by sixty literary agents over a period of three years. It was finally published in 2009 and, receiving the acclaim it deserved, remained in the best-seller lists for more than 100 weeks.
Moments of high tension are mixed with lively humour as she reveals the harsh working conditions and mindless cruelty endured by ‘the help’. Above all, the tenacity and courage of the maids shines through. It’s a touching, funny, important book that seems to flow effortlessly for the reader despite being a first venture into fiction for the writer. We recommend it wholeheartedly.
Our next book is “Vinegar Girl” by Anne Tyler.
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