The Help

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Penguin Publishing Group, Feb 10, 2009 - Fiction - 544 pages
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Aibileen is a black maid in 1962 Jackson, Mississippi, who's always taken orders quietly, but lately she's unable to hold her bitterness back. Her friend Minny has never held her tongue but now must somehow keep secrets about her employer that leave her speechless. White socialite Skeeter just graduated college. She's full of ambition, but without a husband, she's considered a failure. Together, these seemingly different women join together to write a tell-all book about work as a black maid in the South, that could forever alter their destinies and the life of a small town...

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User Review  - Melissa - Goodreads

As a story, this was well-written with a plot that carried. However, the take-away message about race ("We're all the same inside!") felt superficial and irrelevant. The popularity of this book ... Read full review

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User Review  - Judith - Goodreads

I didn't expect me to like this book so much! I thought the 450 pages would be a struggle, but I flew through it. Amazing story, even more amazing characters! And can I please hit Hilly...? Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Kathryn Stockett was born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi. After graduating from the University of Alabama with a degree in English and Creative Writing, she moved to New York City where she worked in magazine publishing and marketing for nine years. She currently lives in Atlanta with her husband and daughter. This is her first novel.

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