The Help

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Penguin Group US, 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  - Brooke Scott - Goodreads

Amazing book! It's right up there with "To Kill a Mockingbird"!! I am willing to bet that this book 30 some years from now will become a classic. Read full review

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User Review  - Kate Galloway - Goodreads

This book was incredible... I think it's something everyone should read! Set in the early 60's in Mississippi, it teaches us a lot about how times were back then, the good and the ugly. It's a wonderfully honest book. Once I got halfway thru this book I could not put it down!! 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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