The HELP…is the story of the three African American maids working in white households in Jackson, Mississippi during the early 1960s.
The novel is told from the perspective of three characters:
Minny Jackson, an African-American maid whose offensive behavior towards her employers exacerbates her desperate need for work as well as her family’s struggle with money.
Eugenia “Skeeter” Phelan, a young white woman and recent college graduate who, after moving back home, discovers that a maid that she has known since childhood has mysteriously disappeared.
About the Author:
Kathryn Stockett was born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi. After graduating from the University of Alabama with a degree in English and Creative Writing, she moved to New York City where she worked in magazine publishing and marketing for nine years. She currently lives in Atlanta with her family.
The Help is her first novel.