A Reader posted a review at 2009-07-10 02:14:46.
The year is 1962, and the place is Jackson, Mississippi. Eugenia “Skeeter” Phelan has just graduated from Ole Miss, and is looking for a career in journalism. So naturally she applies for a position as an editor with Harper & Row. The senior editor who reviewed her resume advised her, first, to go to her local newspaper and get an entry-level job and, second, to write about what disturbs her, particularly if it bothers no one else. As luck would have it the Jackson Journal did need someone to take over answering letters to Miss Myrna, the weekly cleaning advice column, and she got the job! There was only one small problem, though. She had no idea how to get shirt collars clean or how to remove hard water deposits from the tub. So with the publication deadline bearing down upon her, she turned to her best friend’s maid for help.
What developed was an unexpected friendship and a secret, bittersweet alliance between Skeeter and Aibileen.
Read this book to get a glimpse of the deep south that has not yet been fully documented.
Favorite quote: “I let Mother’s words sit like a tiny, sweet candy on my tongue.”