I just finished the book “The Help” (if you clik the title and don’t wanna read the full story – DO NOT READ summary plot).
The novel is told from the perspective of three characters: Aibileen Clark, a middle-aged African-American maid who has spent her life raising white children and has recently lost her only son; Minny Jackson, an African-American maid who has often offended her employers despite her family’s struggles with money and her desperate need for jobs; and Eugenia “Skeeter” Phelan, a young white woman who has recently moved back home after graduating college to find out her childhood maid has mysteriously disappeared. These three stories intertwine to explain how life in Jackson, Mississippi revolves around “the help”; yet they are always kept at a certain distance because of racial lines.
I really loved the book. I read the English version as I think a lot is lost in translation (just like the movie with the same title). The stories being told are very personal and the details given will help you make up an image on how it all looks like “down south” in Mississippi. Give it a try and you won’t regret it!