The novel, The Help, by Kathryn Stockett tells the story of three very different women, Aibileen, Minny Jackson and Skeeter Phelan in 1962 Jackson, Mississippi. Despite their differences, they unite to solve a common problem: segregation.
Aibileen is a black maid who works for Mrs. Elizabeth Leefolt. Mrs. Leefolt neglects her two-year-old daughter, Mae Mobley, so Aibileen must make sure that Mae Mobley doesn’t think she’s not loved. Minny Jackson, another black maid is an excellent cook, but struggles with a mouth that “sasses” all white women and is looking for work again. Skeeter Phelan is a writer who’s always been bothered about segregation. Her friend, Mrs. Leefolt had a separate toilet installed in the garage just for her maid because of her skin color.
I immensely enjoyed this novel because of the compelling, unique voices from the three protagonists that urged me to read on. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to read about segregation and relatable characters.
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