The black maid from the Southern US States seems a bit of a stereotype. From Gone with the Wind to Tom and Jerry, she is hardworking, plain speaking, loyal and overweight. Kathryn Stockett, a white writer, has written this well-plotted and entertaining story The Help about the reality behind this stereotype and the culture of the deep South.
Secular Shelf Life Sarah Allen
THE HELP By Kathryn Stockett Penguin/Fig Tree. 451 pages. £12.99 ISBN 978-1-905-49043-1
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