Hilly is the Queen Bee of Jackson, and rules with an iron fist. She is small minded and evil.
Skeeter was Hilly's best friend, but begins seeing her for what she really is, as she contacts maids in secret to get to get their stories. Minny and Aibileen have been domestics since their teenage years, cleaning, doing childcare, elder care, and learning the secrets of the folks they serve. They help recruit the maids, who are fearful, but ready to shed some light on a dark secret.
It is a dangerous time and a dangerous place to be, and some people did not think twice about burning a house, bombing a church or maiming/ killing a Black person. A story of selfishness,
gossip, fear, triumph and change, it is a splendid piece of writing.
This debut novel was touching, and shocking, with heartbreaking, heart stopping incidents, that captured the time perfectly. It was pure heart!
I got this book from the library. My tax dollars at work!