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The story is set during the nascent civil rights movement in Jackson, Missisippi, where black women were trusted to raise white children but not to polish the household silver. Eugenia Skeeter Phelan is just home from college in 1962, and, anxious to become a writer, is advised to hone her chops by writing about what disturbs you. The budding social activist begins to collect the stories of the black women on whom the country club sets relies and mistrusts enlisting the help of Aibileen, a maid who's raised 17 children, and Aibileen's best friend Minny, who's found herself unemployed more than a few times after mouthing off to her white employers. The book Skeeter puts together based on their stories is scathing and shocking, bringing pride and hope to the black community, while giving Skeeter the courage to break down her personal boundaries and pursue her dreams. Assured and layered, full of heart and history, this one has bestseller written all over it.
"A magical novel. Heartbreaking and oh so true, the voices of these characters, their
lives and struggles will stay with you long after you reluctantly come to the end."
/ Robert Hicks, New York Times– bestselling author of The Widow of the South
"Full of heart and history, this one has bestseller written all over it." / PW starred review
"It's graceful and real, a compulsively readable story of three women who watch the
Mississippi ground shifting beneath their feet as the words of men like Martin Luther
King Jr. and Bob Dylan pervade their genteel town. When folks at your book club wonder
what to read next month, go on and pitch this wholly satisfying novel with confidence.
/ Entertainment Weekly
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