Chief among the courageous black women who dare to tell the truth about their lives are Aibileen and her best friend Minny. Mae Mobley is the seventeenth white baby Aibileen has raised, meanwhile mourning the death of her own year-old son. Minny speaks in a hard-hitting mix of standard English and vibrant black phrases. In an epilogue, Kathryn Stockett reveals that she had a maid named Demetrie who had died when Kathryn was only sixteen. Not that much separates us. For the dishonesty upon which a society is founded makes every emotion suspect, makes it impossible to know whether what flowed between two people was honest feeling or pity or pragmatism.
Stockett, a white woman from Jackson, overcame her fear and tackled this tricky topic by creating the voices of three women whose lives are forever entangled and unforgettable. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. CFT publishes original content.
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Google collects site usage statistics and provides them to us so we can improve your user experience. Aibileen observes the bridge game being played today at the Leefolts. Hilly tells Skeeter she's working to have a law passed that would make it mandatory for white families to build outside bathrooms for their black employees.
Skeeter suggests Hilly should have a bathroom outside, and thus begins a slow boiling feud between the two women. After the bridge game, Skeeter apologizes to Aibileen about the bathroom talk and asks her, "Do you ever wish you could…change things? On the bus home, Aibileen warns her best friend, year-old Minny Jackson, who takes care of Hilly's mother Miss Walter or Miss Walters, depending on whether Aibileen or Minny is talking that Hilly is calling Minny a thief.
Miss Walter is going to a nursing home, and Minny's been trying to find a new job. Now she knows why no one has hired her. She tells Aibileen she did something terrible to Hilly, something involving a pie, but she won't say what. She is shunned by the high-society ladies throughout the novel. Celia makes Minny promise to keep herself a secret from her husband Johnny, causing Minny much stress.
After the bridge game at the Leefolts', Skeeter goes home to Longleaf, her family's cotton plantation. We learn that during Skeeter's senior year at college, Constantine, her family's maid and Skeeter's best friend and confidante for some twenty years, mysteriously disappeared.
Nobody will tell Skeeter why, though. Miss Stein encourages Skeeter to get any job she can find at a newspaper and then use her free time trying to find something controversial to write about. Skeeter scores a job at the Jackson Journal writing the Miss Myrna column, a column about housework and relationships, two things she knows nothing about.
With Elizabeth's reluctant permission, Skeeter starts meeting with Aibileen to get answers to the questions readers send in. Skeeter learns that Aibileen's son Treelore was writing a book about his experiences in Mississippi at the time of his death. This inspires Skeeter to try to convince the local maids to be interviewed for a book that will show their points of view. Hilly sets Skeeter up on a blind date with Stuart Whitworth, a Senator's son.
Stuart gets drunk and insults Skeeter. She never wants to see him again. In December, Minny is discovered by Johnny Foote, her employer's husband.
She's terrified of what he'll do to her, a strange black woman in his bedroom. But her fears are in vain — Johnny realized his wife Celia had help as soon as the cooking improved. He's glad Minny is here. Johnny asks Minny to pretend that he doesn't know about her, though.
Aibileen, an avid writer, agrees to work with Skeeter on the book about the lives of the maids of Jackson, and they begin spending their evenings together. Eventually, Minny also agrees to work with them. Aibileen tries to get other maids involved, but they are all too frightened.
Skeeter steals a pamphlet from the library that lists Jim Crow laws. Three months after their failed first date, Skeeter and Stuart go out again and even share a passionate kiss. Stuart becomes a regular part of Skeeter's life, though he doesn't know about her secret writing project. In May of , Celia has a miscarriage and reveals that it's her fourth.
She's afraid that if she can't have babies, Johnny won't want her anymore. When Minny tries to convince her that Johnny loves her, Celia realizes that Minny and Johnny have met. In July, Hilly's maid, Yule May, steals one of her rings, which happens to be valueless and which Hilly hates. When Hilly refused to loan her the money, Yule stole the ring.
Anger at Hilly over her treatment of Yule May, plus a little persuasion from Minny, convinces eleven more maids to tell their stories for Skeeter's book. Skeeter and her family have dinner at Stuart's parents' home.
At dinner, the topic keeps coming around to Stuart's ex, Patricia Van Devender, who cheated on Stuart with a white civil rights activist. At the end of the evening, Stuart breaks up with Skeeter. Hilly steals the list of Jim Crow laws out of Skeeter's bag and says she won't give them back until Skeeter, editor of the Junior League newspaper, prints a notice about Hilly's bathroom project in the newsletter. Outdoor bathrooms for black employees in white households, remember?
The Help is a novel by American author Kathryn Stockett. The story is about African Americans working in white households in Jackson, Mississippi, during the early s. A USA Today article called it one of the "summer sleeper hits".
The Help is most definitely on my short list for all time favorite books. I am not sure which was better the audio book or the Kindle read. This is the first novel by this author and I do not know how she will ever top herself/5(10K).
The Help, Kathryn Stockett's debut novel, tells the story of black maids working in white Southern homes in the early s in Jackson, Mississippi, and of Miss Eugenia "Skeeter" Phelan, a year-old graduate from Ole Miss, who returns to her family's cotton plantation, Longleaf, to find that her. The Help is a novel by American author Kathryn Stockett. The story is about African Americans working in white households in Jackson, Mississippi, during the early s. تاریخ نخستین خوانش: روز هفتم ماه آوریل سال میلادی/5.
A deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor, and hope, The Help is a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don’t. ABOUT KATHRYN STOCKETT. Kathryn Stockett was born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi/5(K). The Help is set in Jackson, Mississippi and begins in August The novel features three main narrators – Aibileen, Minny, and Skeeter. year-old Aibileen Clark starts us off. The novel features three main narrators – Aibileen, Minny, and Skeeter. year-old Aibileen Clark starts us off.