Anyone else read this book?
I purposely found myself taking my time, trying to make it last, savoring all the moments.
I loved it. When I finished it a few nights ago, I was sad, like I was saying good bye to my new friends.
The storyline is through the eyes of black maids serving white families in Mississippi back in 1963. My most favorite maid is named Aibileen. I love her! I found myself going back and re-reading her southern black dialect. I couldn't get enough of it. While it broke many English rules, it had a beauty all it's own.
I was not too impressed with the white families. Of course this is a novel and who knows how much is accurate but it was written by a white woman who was raised until she was 16 by the family's black maid.
This book was captivating, very funny in parts, and I just loved the people. Well most of them. I want my friends back. The ending left me wanting more, so I suspect a sequel is in the making. I hope so!
Did you read this book? What did you like about it?
Any suggestions on what I should read next?
PS: Over dinner tonight with my Dad, I was mentioning how the characters in this book freely used the word 'pregnant'. I'm not sure that was correct for the times...I was in 3rd grade in 1963 and I remember hearing 'expecting.' I don't think people used the word 'pregnant' much. Am I remembering wrong? Just as we used the word 'nursing' but not 'breastfeeding' back in the 1960s.
My Dad brought up this random fact, "The Moon is Blue" was the first movie ever to use the word 'pregnant' in it. I googled and found it was made in 1953. Apparently it was quite the controversy. How did my Dad know this??