Thursday, June 2, 2011
May Book Club
I can't believe it's already June! Our book club met last week. I soooo missed getting together with all my friends because of the yuck I had but I wasn't the only one that missed last month. A big thank you goes out to Trish who took notes for us and we had a little email feedback so I got the gist of what everyone took from the book. I knew this book would spark a good discussion and it sounded like it did. The book takes place in Jackson, Mississippi in the early 60's and revolves around three main characters Skeeter, Aibilene, and Minny. Throughout the book the stories are told from each of their viewpoints switching between the characters from chapter to chapter. Skeeter is a young white girl who is a recent college graduate that wants to be a journalist. Aibilene is a black woman who is "the help" for a family with a three year old. Aibilene moves from family to family raising children but moves on when the children start developing the prejudices of the parents. Minny is a black woman who has been "the help" for an elderly woman but has a hard time keeping her mouth shut and "knowing her place". Not able to find a new job Minny is led to work for a woman in an unusual situation. The three woman are connected when Skeeter comes up with the idea to write a book telling stories of what it's like to be domestic help for the Southern families in the town. This is all during the beginning of the civil rights movement and it is a big risk for everyone involved to tell these stories.
I loved the character development and the different story lines of the three main characters. The book was enjoyed by the group with a few women getting the audio book and listening to it again. The audio book has different people reading for the main characters which I think would fun. One of the group mentioned they a hard time with the quote on the cover that said "this might possibly be the most important piece of fiction since To kill a Mockingbird". That is a pretty big statement and I don't really agree with it either. I would have loved to hear feedback on that. Lots of people said that they hated the villain of the book and wished she had something bad happen to her, I would remind everyone of the pie in the book that's pretty bad : ) The author of the book had help growing up and the group talked about who had help or was help and their experiences. I would definitely recommend the book it is an easy engrossing book to read and gives you a real feeling of that period in our history where there were so many misconceptions about race and segregation.
For June we area reading The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman. Please join us!