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Kathryn Stockett

Jackson, Mississippi, 1962. Where black maids raise white children, but aren’t trusted not to steal the silver…There’s Aibileen, raising her seventeenth white child and nursing the hurt caused by her own son’s tragic death; Minny, whose cooking is nearly as sassy as her tongue; and white Miss Skeeter, home from college, who wants to know why her beloved maid has disappeared. Skeeter, Aibileen and Minny. No one would believe they’d be friends; fewer still would tolerate it. But as each woman finds the courage to cross boundaries, they come to depend and rely upon one another. Each is in search of a truth. And together they have an extraordinary story to tell.


As soon as I began reading this novel I fell in love with it. Two pages in and I was hooked and it became my constant companion until I reluctantly finished it. It is everything you want from popular fiction – a fascinating setting, brilliant characterisations, humour and pathos. Best of all, it’s a page-turner.

Set in the 1960s, it is about the lives of black maids in white homes in a conservative state in the US. This is race-relations in the context of women’s lives in a suburban, small-town setting. Three women decide to expose the truth of what it means to be black, female and in domestic service and in so doing risk drawn-out retaliation. Written in first-person, Stockett effortlessly creates such convincing characters you worry about them and miss them when the novel draws to a close. Not a bad effort for a debut novel! If there is any justice in the publishing world, this will be a huge hit. Don’t miss it.

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