Friday, July 03, 2009

Novel explores race, women's attitudes in the Deep South

A new novel examines racial tensions in the Deep South from three perspectives. The Help by Kathryn Stockett is generating some positive chatter. The story takes place in Jackson, Miss., in the early 1960s, during the civil rights movement.

Stockett writes in black and white voices. She said that she felt it was important to examine both sides of life in segregated Jackson.

She writes from the perspective of frustrated middle-class white women. She also attempts to explore Jackson from the vantage point of two black housekeepers - women who have put their personal lives second -- or even third -- in order to meet the needs of the families they serve.

The Help is published by G.P. Putnam's Sons/Amy Einhorn Books.

National Public Radio takes a closer look at Stockett and her debut novel. Read an excerpt, and share your thoughts.

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Georganna Hancock M.S. said...

This book sounds good! And isn't the news about the new mayor of Philadelphia great?!

Geo @ "A Writer's Edge" (thank you!)

Deb S. said...

Geo: The news about the new mayor of Philadelphia, Miss., is quite good. :-)