Wednesday, September 15, 2010
what I'm reading now
The Help, the first novel by Kathryn Stockett. is one of those books that come along once in a while that make you glad you can read. This story has three narrators: Skeeter, a young white southern woman living in 1962 Mississippi trying to find her place in the world as a writer. Then there is Aibileen and Minny, two black women who work as maids for white families in the city of Jackson. The three come together in collaboration with a literary project that threatens to ruin their world. This story has all the elements I like in a novel. It has the suspense of a mystery, the tension between characters and events that hold the plot together and it creates a window through which we can perceive an era that held people within certain boundaries of class and color. I highly recommend this book.