What a brilliant first novel. Stockett is going to have a hard time topping it. Set in Jackson, Mississippi, The Help is about three women who dare to make a difference in a society where blacks are treated like second class citizens. You'll fall in love with some of Stockett's colourful characters and cheer them on in the hope for change. You'll laugh, you'll feel angry and sad at times, and you won't want to stop reading from start to finish. I can't rate this book high enough. Do yourself a favour and grab a copy.