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“The Help,” my new favorite

August 23, 2009

The HelpKathryn Stockett’s “The Help” is excellent.  It’s been a long time since I was so into a book that I was sad to finish it, but “The Help” was just that amazing.  Set in the 1960’s, it tells the story of the African American women working as maids in the homes of white women in Mississippi.  But the novel is so much more than just that.  There are complicated relationships, broken friendships, unlikely bonds, surprises, misunderstandings and disappointments.

Sometimes characters are better than we imagined and sometimes they are gravely worse, but Stockett keeps us guessing – and intrigued.  You fall in love with Minnie, Skeeter, and especially, I think, Aibileen.  You feel their joys, heartbreaks, hurts, excitement and fear, and that is what makes this book unique, irresistible and lovable.  I couldn’t put this book down and am not sure what novel I could possibly follow it with that I may love half as much.  Recommendations?   Suggest something and I’ll give it a whirl!

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  1. Meredith T. permalink
    January 23, 2010 10:06 pm

    I felt the same way about this book – it’s definitely one of those that I didn’t want to end! It’s been a long time since I read a book that I felt so strongly about and enjoyed so much.

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