The Help (Paperback)

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The setting for this uplifting novel is Jackson, Miss., 1962, where black women were trusted to raise white children...but not to polish the household silver! Skeeter returns to her community from college, determined to become a writer. As a social activist, she begins collecting the stories of the "help" - the black women on whom the country club set relies, but also mistrust and keep in their places. Told through the perspective of Skeeter and two of the maids, Aibileen and Minny, it is about women of strength and dignity who carry on and manage to care about others despite an unjust system. This is a book you just won't want to end - thought provoking, humorous, and unforgettable.

— Margaret, Pittsburgh

February 2009 Indie Next List


“The Help recreates a time -- Mississippi in 1962 -- that is totally engrossing and pitch-perfect. This story of women in the South, black and white, in the eye of a hurricane of monumental change is thoroughly satisfying and enjoyable.”
— Sheila Burns, Bloomsbury Books, Ashland, OR

Fall '09/Winter '10 Reading Group List


“We've been telling our customers who are members of book groups to read this story of race-ridden, 1960s Jackson, Mississippi. Unforgettable characters live out a story that makes you rage against intolerance as you step into the lives of three Southern women who are committed to creating change.”
— Gail Wetta, Anderson's Bookshop, Naperville, IL



Product Details
ISBN: 9789861202174
Publisher: Shang Zhou Chu Ban/Tsai Fong Books
Publication Date: August 1st, 2010
Pages: 544