by Kathryn Stockett
I LOVED this book! The Help tackles the topic of race relations in the deep south in the early 1960's. The author does an excellent job of capturing the feel of that time in the South.
Miss Skeeter returns home after college hoping to become a writer. She starts writing a book told from the perspective of the Help- the maids of the white families of Jackson, Mississippi. As her project progresses, she realizes her idea will be much more difficult and dangerous than she had ever imagined. Just meeting with the maids can have frightening consequences for everyone.
This is an amazing book. There is never a dull moment in this story, it is hard to put this one down. Kathryn Stockett has a beautiful ability to tell the stories of the maids without being condescending or sensational. The Help is a touching and thought provoking book.
This is also available as an audio book. It is one of the best audio books I've ever listened to.