Like I mentioned before, this book is a about a girl named Skeeter who after returning from college to her small town in Mississippi in 1964, she comes up with an idea to write a book about something that concerns her. For Skeeter, it is the racial tension between housewives and the African American maids that do everything in a home from raising the children to making dinner 5 times a week. While the rest of the world seems to be moving past racial tension and repairing damage created only two generations prior, this small town seems to be digging in its heals. Skeeter enlists the help of local maids who bravely share their often traumatic stories of working in white households.
This book really was all I had heard and hoped it would be. A very easy red as well. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who is trying to think of a birthday gift for their mother, aunt or even grandmother (mine has read it and it is one of her favorite books of all time). Mother's Day is coming up and this would be a perfect gift!
It is also coming out in movie form, since no one can seem to write an original screenplay anymore, in August of 2011. Emma Stone will play Skeeter.