Kathryn Stockett's first book, published in America in 2009, has now been published in 35 countries and in 3 different languages. By August of 2011 it had sold over 5 million copies. Set in 1960s Jackson, Mississippi, when segregation was still very much the norm, it tells of the relationships between the elite white ladies and their black house maids, 'the help' of the title. One reviewer has likened it's impact to that of 'To Kill A Mockingbird', and I think that will prove to be a fair comparisson. Very readable, this book made my laugh, it made me cry, it made me uneasy, and it made me angry. I seized every opportunity to read it and when it came to the final chapters, I could not put it down until I'd finished it. This book is destined to become a classic of American literature. Now also made into a film, I strongly recommend it.