Saturday, May 22, 2010

Book #39

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I could not put this book down!  Kathryn Stockett's portrayals of Abileen, Minnie, and Skeeter were so vivid and realistic, I felt I was listening to each of them speaking personally to me.  I have no idea of how close to reality the fictional experiences of these women are, it felt very true.  I have lived always in the north, and until only very recently, I have never had any household help. (We've just recently found someone to come in occasionally to help with cleaning.)  What came through for me loud and clear, however, was the universality of all women's fears, concerns, wants, and needs.

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1 comment:

Cathy said...

Deb, I also read this book and "lived" this book. OUr situation was a little different having maids. My mother worked, so with no daycare centers, the maid was who cared for us during the day and took care of us. I distinctly remember coming home from school in 1963 seeing the maid ironing in front of the tv watching the news on the assassination of JFK. Much of what you read in there is how things were in the south. And in my hometown now, the person who lives next door has a "maid" and she parks across the street instead of in their drive way.... some things remain the same.