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At the outset of the civil rights movement in Jackson, Mississippi, three unique women unite to share the stories of dozens of the city's black servants, who have been kept voiceless for too long. Skeeter is fresh home from college, with big dreams of becoming a journalist, though her mother just wants her to find a husband. Aibileen, a black maid, is the heart and soul of her household, now working on raising her seventeenth white child. Her best friend Minnie, is the best cook in the city, but can not find a job because of her tendency to speak the cold truth. Together, these three unforgettable ladies launch a crusade to collect the stories of the town's silent servants, and try to tear down the unspoken racial barriers that traverse the homes and hearts of everyone in Jackson.
Limited and persecuted by racial divides in 1962 Jackson, Mississippi, three women, including an African-American maid, her sassy and chronically unemployed friend, and a recently graduated white woman, team up for a clandestine project against a backdrop of the budding civil rights era. 100,000 first printing.
Number of Pages: 451
Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres
Publisher: Putnam Pub. Group
Author: Kathryn Stockett
Street Date: February 10, 2009
Item Number (DPCI): 059-01-2156
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Loved this book!
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Angie K — 8 years ago
This book tells such a revealing tale. You'll be amazed by the way these women were treated by their employers. Such a sad story, but told so beautifully through the eyes of these three women. Your hearts will go out to them and you'll cheer them on.
AN IMPORTANT STORY FOR EVERYONE!!
5 out of 5 stars
Minnesota Reader — 8 years ago
Kathryn Stockett has magnificently written a poignant story that captures the fears and tensions of racial discrimination in segregated Jackson, Mississippi. The year is 1962, when two black maids and one white woman come together to share their storieshoping the truth will instigate change. Young, ...see moreof the reviewer's review