Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Waiting on Wednesday: THE HELP
The lovely Jill (a fellow Alabamian!) over at Breaking the Spine created the Waiting on Wednesday meme for us bloggers to showcase books we're waiting on.
This week I've chosen something very different for me. If you follow this blog (or stop by from time to time), you know that I'm a paranormal/dystopian junkie. Seriously, they're like crack to a user. But today I've done a 180. Thanks to the constant pressuring from some coworkers, I've decided to pick what I would classify as a contemporary piece...and it's not YA! But it is one that I keep hearing nothing but amazing things about (both the book and the newly-released movie).
And before you say anything, yes I know the book has been out a couple of years. But I'm still waiting on it, so it qualifies!
What is it? Why, none other than...
by Kathryn Stockett
pub date 2/10/2009
product description from goodreads.com
Three ordinary women are about to take one extraordinary step.
Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter has just returned home after graduating from Ole Miss. She may have a degree, but it is 1962, Mississippi, and her mother will not be happy till Skeeter has a ring on her finger. Skeeter would normally find solace with her beloved maid Constantine, the woman who raised her, but Constantine has disappeared and no one will tell Skeeter where she has gone.
Aibileen is a black maid, a wise, regal woman raising her seventeenth white child. Something has shifted inside her after the loss of her own son, who died while his bosses looked the other way. She is devoted to the little girl she looks after, though she knows both their hearts may be broken.
Minny, Aibileen's best friend, is short, fat, and perhaps the sassiest woman in Mississippi. She can cook like nobody's business, but she can't mind her tongue, so she's lost yet another job. Minny finally finds a position working for someone too new to town to know her reputation. But her new boss has secrets of her own.
Seemingly as different from one another as can be, these women will nonetheless come together for a clandestine project that will put them all at risk. And why? Because they are suffocating within the lines that define their town and their times. And sometimes lines are made to be crossed.
In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another. A deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor, and hope, The Help is a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don't.