The Help by Kathryn Stockett

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The Help is a 2009 novel by American author Kathryn Stockett. The story is about African-American maids working in white households in Jackson, Mississippi, during the early 1960s. A USA Today article called it one of the "summer sleeper hits". An early review in The New York Times notes Stockett's "affection and intimacy buried beneath even the most seemingly impersonal household connections" and says the book is a "button-pushing, soon to be wildly popular novel". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution said of the book: "This heartbreaking story is a stunning d├ębut from a gifted talent."

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The 1003rd greatest fiction book of all time

This book is on the following lists:

  1. - From Zero to Well-Read in 100 Books (Jeff O'Neal at
  2. - The Great American Read (PBS)

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