The story is told through the eyes of 3 women: two black maids and one white post-grad living in Jackson, MS during the 1960s. They tell their lives from their different vantage points. Eugenia "Skeeter" Phelan is post-college, way too tall, and unmarried. Her best friends Hilly and Elizabeth are part of the League and she the editor of the newsletter. Hilly runs the League and by extension society of Jackson. She's a horrible person. Elizabeth is sheep...she follows. Skeeter is frustrated by southern society, deep-seated secrets, and a life she doesn't want for herself. Minny is ruled by her smart mouth and her anger. She's the maid to Hilly's mother and a mother of 5 and wife of an abusive man. Hilly blackballs Minny in Jackson so she has no choice but to work for Hilly. But Minny finds a way out. Aibleen is older, her son accidentally run over like garbage and dumped off at the hospital. Her only reason for living is gone. But she keeps working for Elizabeth who barely notices she's human...let alone notices her own child. Mae Mobley knows her her "mamma" is and knows to keep Aibee's "secret stories" of black and white and of a green alien known as Martian Luther King. Skeeter begins to write a story of the maids in Jackson as a means of repairing her own soul and of trying to understand why Constantine disappears from her life without a word...and why no one tells her why she left. While her book starts with Minny and Aibleen, she needs at least a dozen maids to confide in a white woman and risk their lives and livelihoods for "truth". She hides herself from her family, from her friends, and from her prospective fiance. The story has no ending....it's life. It's about what happened and how they moved on the next day. It's a frustrating piece sitting here today in 2010 with President Obama in the White House and read Hilly's "Nigra Bathroom Initiative" or hear about Louvenia's grandson being beat blind with a tire iron for using the wrong bathroom.
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