This is a wonderful novel and I devoured it, not wanting to take a pause while reading, curious about where the story was going. I admit that I held my breath a lot during the reading as I kept waiting for something horrible to happen, never knowing when it might be sprung on the reader.
Stockett captures so many voices and does it in a way that seems very authentic. Having three narrators made the story so compelling and I appreciated the different perspectives. The book is set during a pivotal time in the Civil Rights Movement (1963-1964) and I think this work of fiction successfully gives the reader a glimpse at a very small slice of what life was like for one group of women during that time. Being a white Canadian woman (born in '67), I am quite removed from any authentic knowledge of that time but I think Stockett's intention was to show a truth and I feel she succeeded.
23 October 2009