The Help

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Penguin Books Limited, Sep 29, 2011 - Fiction - 464 pages

Film tie-in edition of the massive word-of-mouth hit novel, first published by Fig Tree in 2009 - to accompany the major new film starring Sissy Spacek, Allison Janney, Bryce Dallas Howard and Emma Stone.

Enter a vanished and unjust world: Jackson, Mississippi, 1962. Where black maids raise white children, but aren't trusted not to steal the silver...

There's Aibileen, raising her seventeenth white child and nursing the hurt caused by her own son's tragic death; Minny, whose cooking is nearly as sassy as her tongue; and white Miss Skeeter, home from College, who wants to know why her beloved maid has disappeared.

Skeeter, Aibileen and Minny. No one would believe they'd be friends; fewer still would tolerate it. But as each woman finds the courage to cross boundaries, they come to depend and rely upon one another. Each is in search of a truth. And together they have an extraordinary story to tell...

The other side of Gone with the Wind - and just as unputdownable

Sunday Times

A big, warm girlfriend of a book

The Times

Harper Lee's classic novel To Kill a Mockingbird has changed lives. Its direct descendent The Help has the same potential...an astonishing feat of accomplishment

Daily Express

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User Review  - nx74defiant - LibraryThing

Great story. The story of maids in the segregated south. It goes into more detail about the story of what happened with Constantine than the movie. Read full review

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A 1960s historical fiction book about drama between well-off white women from the perspective of two black maids and and one sympathetic white women. The book has a focus on racism and does a good job ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Kathryn Stockett was born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi. After graduating from the University of Alabama, 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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