I have just finished reading this book. It didn't take long because of its unputdownable quality. I wonder if the film was as enjoyable.
Quoting from the book: “Enter a vanished world of Jackson, Mississippi 1962, where black maids raise white children but aren’t trusted not to steal the silver.”
Aaibileen, raises her 17th child whilst still hurting after the death of her own son.
Minnie cooks for her white mistress.
Miss Skeeter, a white young woman, wants to know what happened to the maid who raised her.
Against all odds the three get together and gradually start to overcome boundaries. They have a remarkable story to tell.
This is a gripping book that stirs the emotions. I felt anger at the injustices towards black people; I was shocked and ashamed by the prejudice but laughed at the humour portrayed by the writer. Kathryn Stockett told the story as if it was happening in real life, right before my eyes. I thoroughly recommend it, it is a brilliant read and thoroughly engrossing.