Some friends and I started a book club this summer. One of the first books we read was The Help.
The book was written from three perspectives. Skeeter is a recent college graduate who starts to question her way of life and people around her. Aibeleen is a maid who takes care of the white children of her employers. She loves them but moves on when the children start to tell the difference in skin color. She's soft spoken but not easily trampled on. Then there is Minny. She doesn't take any "crap" from her employers and doesn't mind telling them where to go. She isn't afraid of much and speaks her mind freely.
I loved each character and thought the story-line was great. Some argued that this book made light of the Civil Rights movement. I disagree. I think it is a good look at what some of these women would have said of their employers if they had an outlet such as the writing of The Help provided them. It centered around the injustice and mistreatment of these woman who raised the white children of the South as well as their own. There was a lot of good stuff that happened in that era. There were a lot of loving relationships, including the love of a child for the nanny that raised her.
Our whole group loved the book and anticipated the movie release.
This was one of those rare instances where I loved the movie just as much as I loved the book.