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Monday, October 11, 2010

The Help

The HelpThe Help by Kathryn Stockett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
What a read! You would never know this was a first novel. Tell- all book of the secrets of southern maids and the women who employed them during the civil rights movement era. Maids/ mothers who don't get to raise their own children, instead they take care of a procession of white babies who turn on the when they are "educated" about color distinctions. Jim Crow laws and their implementation in everyday life. Power-mad Junior League ladies don't stand a chance against their maids once they get to "writing" about what really goes on in the households they work in. The stories remind me of Flannery O'Connor's way of expressing things that are too ugly to speak about, but it's uplifting nature allows for hope.
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