Friday, November 26, 2010
Amy Einhorn Books, 2009
Historical; Women's Fiction
Summary: This novel is told from the perspective of three women: Aibileen, an African-American maid who's worked in white households for years; Minny, an African-American maid who frequently offends her bosses despite her excellent cooking; and Skeeter, a white woman looking for a purpose. It is set in Jackson, Mississippi in the early 1960s.
Thoughts: My mom was talking about books with friends and was recommended this; she wasn't sure. Then she told me about it and I looked at her (via Skype) and said that it was exactly the kind of book she'd love. So she bought it, read it, loved it (of course-I know what my mama likes!) and then she lent it to me to read as well. I wasn't sure how I'd feel about it but it struck my eye so I picked it up off the shelf.
Well, I really liked it! I flew through it and this plus Revolution helped me get back in to reading again! I was definitely thinking about the movie as I read it; I can see Viola Davis as Aibileen and Octavia Spencer as Minny but I'm not sure about Emma Stone as Skeeter-I think she's a talented actress but I've only seen her in comedies so I'm excited to see how she handles this. To be honest, I mostly read it due to the hype and the fact that it will be turned in to a movie. That doesn't make it a bad book (I loved it), it's just what I was more focused on.
Overall: Good story; excited for the movie!
Cover: At first I didn't even notice that these were birds; I just remembered the purple part for the title.