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The Help

The Help

Author: Kathryn Stockett

Year Published: 2009

Description: The Help by Kathryn Stockett centers on the experiences of African American housemaids working for wealthy white families in racially charged Jackson, Mississippi during the 1960s. The story is told through the eyes of three women, two black and one white. The latter is a recent college graduate who, unlike her friends, is less interested in marriage than the plight of the town's domestic workers, and the three conspire to collect their stories for publication. Within this framework, the book explores women's perceptions of each other and the courage needed to challenge suppressive societal norms.

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'Wasn't that the point of the book? For women to realize, we are just two people. Not that much separates us. Not nearly as much as I'd thought.'

The Help

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