Oh my gosh. You know how every once in a while you find a book that you love from beginning to end? This book was like that for me. Donna, my mother-in-law, recommended this book to me and like all the books that she recommends I ran out and bought it within a week. It sat on my nightstand for a couple weeks...I even took it to Hawaii, but never got the chance to start it there. Go figure, I was too busy doing other things that involved site-seeing.
Aibileen and Minny are the proverbial "help" in this novel. They're black maids in Mississippi right before and during the civil rights movement in the 1960s. These women are the best of friends despite their age differences, personalities and family situations. You'll grow to love both characters.
Eugenia Phelan, referred to as "Skeeter" throughout the book, is a young white woman and a recent college graduate with dreams of becoming a writer. In fact, the main plot-line for this book is her idea. Skeeter wants to publish a story that's new and different...an idea no one has thought of...perhaps a book about what it's like to be a black maid in the south?
This story has parts that will make you laugh and parts that will make you want to cry and other parts that will make you drop your teeth (one specific part actually). I don't want to give away any details, but there is an excerpt where Minny is helping her employer with a very difficult situation...it's heart-wrenching and sad.
If you are looking for a fabulous read that you can't put down, I would definitely suggest this book. In fact, it's probably going to be added to my list of all-time favorite books. If you want to know what those favorites are, click here.