This is one of those books I have heard about for a long time before I read it. The book was published in 2009. The story is about a group of black maids, working in Jackson, Mississippi, in the early days of the 1960's. Kathryn Stockett, a white lady, is the author and this is her first novel. I read that she was rejected by 60+ publishers before she found one who would publish her story.
The story centers around three people. Two black maids, Minny and Aibileen, and the white lady, Skeeter, who wants to write a book about black maids and their white employers.
Skeeter's mother is the quintessential white lady, who wants her daughter to get married, hire help, and give her some grandchildren. But Skeeter has been to four years of college and wants to be a writer. She is trying to find a job in publishing when she is given the opportunity to write a book detailing the relationships between the white ladies and their black maids. It is a dangerous thing to do in the early days of the race movement in the United States.
The books details what the maids go through in telling their stories. Not all of the stories are negative. Many of the maids love the families they work for. But many of them are fed up with the way they are treated. This book will change their lives. Some for the better. And some not so much.
I really enjoyed the story. I wondered in the beginning how a white author was going to tell the story. But I think it was well done. It doesn't dwell on the really bad things many of the blacks went through. It just told the story! I give the book **** four stars.