The Help by Kathryn Stockett
We did not have a maid when I was growing up. And as an adult, I’ve only had someone clean my house one time in my life. I come from a family of servers. My mother was a waitress and homemaker her entire working life.
I was a waitress too. I worked at my uncle’s restaurant and my mother worked for my aunt. When my girls were little, I cleaned houses so I could stay home with them.
I have a lot more in common with Aibileen, Minny, Constantine, and Celia than any of the other characters in the book. Well maybe not Minny. But I wish I did.
The cool thing to me was that I actually remember my aunt talking about “the help.” She had some black ladies that worked as a cook and a dishwasher in her restaurant and that was how she always referred to them. It wasn’t in a bad way. Remel and Ms. Griffen were our friends.
The setting of this story is in Mississippi in the years juuuust before I was born. Growing up in central Florida, I was oblivious to everything that had happened and was still taking place. My sisters talked about the civil rights movement sometimes but it never really meant anything to me. I have never seen a color. Only the person. I thank God for this and my mother.
The Help is beautifully written and a real page turner. I loved every single chapter. My very favorite story line was that of Ms. Celia. So sad.
As I said before, even if you have seen the movie, you will enjoy the book. It is so good!