Interest level: Adult
Part of me hates to echo the accolades already yelped around the world about this book. But I loved it – picked it up about four months ago and read it on the bus back and forth to work. What a great story! Set in the early 1960s in Jacksonville, Mississippi, it’s the story of one young woman’s coming of age in a world where marriage trumps career, whites are in power, and women can be incredibly cruel, hilariously blunt and touchingly kind to each other. I found myself cheering Skeeter as she tries to find her voice and copes with the fallout. I’m generally not a fan of historical fiction, but if they are all like this, I’m converted.
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