The Help

Kathryn Stockett

About the Author

  • Kathryn was born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi
  • Graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in English and creative writing
  • She moved to New York City, where she worked in magazine publishing and marketing for nine years
  • She is now living in Atlanta with her husband and daughter
  • This is her first novel


Summary

A twenty-two year old writer named Skeeter is writing a story on the maids who serve the rich. Finding there point of view on their "normal" life style. But little did she know how they were treated; having to use different bathrooms than the whites. Aibileen is the main charter in this story. A black maid, very wise and was raising her seventeenth white child. There is a lot to their background, many choices to make and many secrets. Skeeter was there to hear it all and put it to a story.


Aibileen

Interview

Q: How many kids have you raised?

A: I was raising my seventeenth white child.

Q: What made you want to be a maid?

A: Something changed inside me after the loss of my son, who died while his bosses looked the other way.

Q: I'm very sorry to hear that. Do you enjoy your job?

A: I love when I can work with the children because they need me to take care of them, there mama doesn't pay any attention to this beautiful child.

Q: Do you enjoy working for this women?

A: Yes but no. I get paid and I get to watch her child that has become a big part of my life. But her attitude needs to change, thinking she is better than everyone else when we are all the same. It wouldn't be so bad if she wasn't so... So... Cold. But sometimes you have to deal with some harsh people in this world. Don't worry she'll get what she deserves. (She starts laughing then smiled)

Q: Who is your best friend that you can trust and tell everything?

A: Minny is my best friend. She is a maid like me. She is short but very sassy. That women can cook like it's nobody's business. But with that sass she tends to lose her job a lot. But she is still my best friend.

Q: Do you think this will be your last child to raise?

A: I'm not sure, maybe yes. I love this child with all my heart and she felt like she was my very own. It may break my heart to leave her but I know that little girl will grow up and become something one day. No child will ever replace her.

She is kind

She is smart

And she is important.

- Thank you for your time Aibleen. It was very nice interviewing you!