ISBN 9780141047706,The Help

The Help


Penguin Books



Penguin Books

Publication Year 2010

ISBN 9780141047706

ISBN-10 0141047704

Paper Back

Number of Pages 451 Pages
Language (English)

Literature fiction

The bestselling novel The Help is a story of African-American maids who worked in white households in Jackson, Mississippi in the 1960s. The author had taken five years in compiling this heart-breaking novel. The maids, who helped raise white children, weren't trusted with anything else except their work. In this book, a woman called Aibileen is raising the seventeenth white child in her life as a maid. She tends to the toddlers extremely well, because of the hurt caused by the heartrending death of her own son. The second lady, Minny, cooks practically as feisty as her tongue. And there is Miss Skeeter, a white lady who has returned home from College, after completing her degree from the University of Mississippi. She aspires to be a writer. And she yearns to know why her darling maid Constantine, who brought her up, has disappeared. No one would believe that Skeeter, Aibileen and Minny would be friends. But as each woman becomes brave enough to surpass their own precincts, they strongly depend and rely upon one another. Each is in their own quest for truth. And collected, they have an astonishing story to tell, as Skeeter embarks upon a journey to bring out the harsh realities of African-American maids in the South to light, with the help of Aibileen and Minny. The Help has been translated into 42 languages.

About Kathryn Stockett

Kathryn Stockett was born in Jackson, Mississippi, in 1969. She is a novelist who is best known for her debut book The Help. She was previously working in a magazine publishing company. Her novel The Help was on The New York Times bestseller list for over 100 weeks