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The Help by Kathryn Stockett
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Nov 03, 09

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Read in November, 2009

I couldn't stop thinking about this book, and didn't want to put it down. The author states that she would not presume to believe she knows what it was like to be a black woman in Jackson, Mississippi in the 1960's, but she does a beautiful job of portraying the complex relationships between black maids, the white children they often raised, as well as the white women for whom they worked. She makes very human the societal and legal restrictions that framed all their lives, both black and white. The characters in this book are so believable, the voices so real, that they feel like friends, or enemies, I hate to leave behind.
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