Everyone seems to be asking me what my summer reading list looks like. It's rather funny because they want to know what my beach read will be. Beach reads...beach reads...I remember those, oh so fondly, but as the mom of a 3 year old and a 5 month old, I'm not sure when I will next loll on a beach reading a book uninterrupted. Between sand castles, digging holes and my ever-growing fear of waves and undertows, it may be QUITE a long time. Perhaps I can revise "beach read" to "deck read" as that's a more likely place for me to catch some time to read, while the kids are napping. So what's on my summer reading/deck read list? Well, I'll reveal it slowly, but at the top is a book I feel like I'm already late in reading, Kathryn Sockett's The Help
In her novel, Sockett tells the story of 22-year-old Skeeter, who has returned home after graduating college. Her mother would like her to get married, but Skeeter wants to know where Constantine, the maid who raised her, has gone, and no one is telling her. It's also the story of Abilene, a black maid who has raised 17 white children and having just lost her own son, is feeling as though she cannot go on as she has for so many years. Lastly there's Minny, Abilene's best friend, who's short, fat and sassy and unable to hold her tongue. As a result, she can't hold down a job and has just found one with a new arrival in town, who has secrets of his own. Skeeter, Abilene and Minny will come together for a clandestine project that will put them all at risk because they are all suffocated by the time they're living in, and the roles that society demands they fill.
This description makes me want to dive right into The Help, and I can't wait to suggest it at my next book club meeting. You can read an excerpt of it here, and check out the reading guide here. If you've already read it, I'd love to hear what you thought of it!