As a practice, I don't usually review well-known books or those that had become bestsellers since I focus more on good books that are unknown or have been published way in the past that younger folks may not have had the opportunity to read. But I would be remiss if I didn't review The Help, for this novel touched me straight in the heart.
The novel is set in 1960s Mississippi, a time when racism is still a way of life in some towns, but is being confronted by rapidly developing civil rights changes. The story is told from three point-of-views: that of two black maids and a young white woman who is the daughter of a big cotton farmer and raised by a black maid. The three-tiered POV works well in that it allows readers to absorb the story from different perspectives, each one powerful in its own way. The novel took me into the