I am pretty sure that I am the last person in America to read this book, but if I’m wrong and there are still a few of you out there that are kind of slow like me, READ THIS BOOK!
I typically avoid reading the latest best sellers because I have this stupid idea that they are usually drivel. That attitude has certainly led me astray before and this time is no different. This book is not drivel. It is a beautifully written, character driven novel, definitely not drivel.
It’s the story of a young woman in Jackson, Mississippi, who challenges the status quo between whites and blacks, even in her own family. She was raised by a black maid, Constantine, who disappeared while she was attending college. In an attempt to understand her world, she begins talking to the maid of one of her friends. With the help of a New York editor, she stumbles around Jackson gets engaged and unengaged, learns a lot about race relations in the volatile 60′s, and a lot about her own feelings towards people of a different color, and, in the process writes a book.
What I loved about this book was watching the characters grow as people during the process. The maids, as well as the author find new ways to look at their world.
They become braver as the book progresses, more in charge of their own destinies. At the beginning of the book they are all trapped in their own limited world, but by the end all of them have attained a degree of freedom they never expected to enjoy.
I haven’t seen the movie yet, but plan to this weekend.
Buy this book!
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