The Help

The first book I read on my new Kindle (thanks Laurie and Greg), is The Help by Kathryn Stockett.

Set in the 60s in racist Jackson Mississippi, it weaves the tale of a White woman writer named Skeeter.   Skeeter is a member of the White social clique, but begins to splinter off and away from her friends.  She gravitates towards the Black maids, in part because she does not know what happened to her own (her mother plays a hand in this).

The maids are led by Aibileen and Minny.  At first they don't want to tell their stories to the White woman.  They eventually do so after a series of injustices that begin with a separate toilet campaign by Ms. Hilly.

I liked the book.  Thought some of the characters should have been developed a bit more. I'd give it a B-.

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