"The Help: Part II
Last week I mentioned I was reading the new novel, The Help, about the relationships between Afrian-American maids and their female employers in Jackson, MS in the early sixties.
Jesse Kornbluth at Huffington Post has a good summary of the book. Three women at the health spa I was at last week were reading it. One didn't like it, one was mesmerized by it, and one thought it was funny. Back home, a very Republican woman where I get my nails done said she had started to read it, but she found it just preposterous. She adamantly did not believe that the white employers would build a bathroom for the maids in the garage because they didn't want to be contaminated by diseases black people got.
I'm in the middle of it now, and it keeps me awake at night. It's pretty horrific to think this was only 50 years ago. And it's no surprise these women spawned another generation just like them.
Kornbluth says "The Help" could be the "To Kill a Mockingbird" of our time. I just hope I finish it soon because this is the third night that I find myself up at 3 a.m, still reading.
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