I have book phases – these are rare and far between, (I shamefully read only two others this year to date, ‘How To Leave Twitter’ by Grace Dent and ‘How to be a Woman’ by Caitlin Moran…sound like self helps don’t they…far from it though if you read them). So when I finally find a fab read, I’ll refuse to put it down until it’s fully devoured, hence the title picture illustrating my latest literary love, The Help by Kathryn Stockett, on my beside table, well thumbed!
Like a lot of us, I’ve been quite ill recently, so took full advantage of my horizontal position (!) and read this fantastically fascinating story, set in Jackson, Mississippi – based around the lives of black maids working for their white employers in 1962. I grew to love all the characters who were narrating their lives set within what was such a difficult time – my favourite being Minnie. I even started thinking in Southern Drawl….thinking words like ‘Y’all’
I think the biggest reason I loved this so much was mainly down to how it beautifully illustrated the love between the black maids and the white children they were bringing up – I don’t usually get that emotional with books, but I did with this one. I was literally obsessed by the end and the outcome and couldn’t put the damn thing down – I really needed to know what was going to happen next….can’t wait to see the film.
I’m better now, so probably won’t pick up another book for a while, (haven’t been to the gym for over 3 weeks now) – I’m always interested to hear other recommendations though.