Jackson, Mississippi in 1962 is the backdrop for this uplifting debut novel. Black women routinely raise and care for white children, but are not allowed to use the same bathroom as the children they care for and love. Skeeter Phelan, an aspiring journalist just home from college attempts to collect the stories of these black women and the resulting book requires courage and tenacity to publish. The voices of Aibileen and Minnie, two maids that help author Skeeter’s book are compelling and authentic. Kathryn Stockett deftly layers history, racism, dreams, life stories and hope into this must read book.
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