First Impression Friday will be a meme where you talk about a book that you JUST STARTED! Maybe you’re only a chapter or two in, maybe a little farther. Based on this sampling of your current read, give a few impressions and predict what you’ll think by the end.

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Enter a vanished world: Jackson, Mississippi, 1962. Where black maids raise white children, but aren’t trusted not to steal the silver.

There’s Aibileen, raising her seventeenth white child and nursing the hurt caused by her own son’s tragic death; Minny, whose cooking is nearly as sassy as her tongue; and white Miss Skeeter, home from college, who wants to know why her beloved maid has disappeared.

Skeeter, Aibileen, and Minny. No one would believe they’d be friends; fewer still would tolerate it. But as each woman finds the courage to cross boundaries, they come to depend and rely upon one another. Each is in search of a truth. And together they have an extraordinary story to tell.

It was quite an eventful May reading journey, immersing into the diverse, and eccentric yet deeply moving world of Japanese fiction. It was, as always, a memorable dive into the heart of Japanese literature. It is, after all, a section of the literary world that I have always loved. Just like that, the first five days of June have already lapsed. Wow. Time does fly fast. Apart from that, I am also celebrating my blog’s fifth anniversary. Yes, fifth. I never thought that I’d reach my fifth year of blogging. Yay me! Pat on the back for sticking out for so long.

I am getting waylaid again. Anyway, let’s go back to the purpose of this First Impression Friday post. I am kicking off my June reading month with Kathryn Stockett’s highly acclaimed work, The Help. It is an illustrious work that was adapted into the big screen. It was a sensation as it garnered awards at the prestigious Academy Awards. It also won Viola Davis a coveted Best Supporting Actress Award and helped elevate her career. But I never watched the movie (I am not much of a movie person really, haha).

So there, I am betting on this book after several positive commendations from fellow book lovers; I bought the book two years or so ago but I never got around to reading it. It is also part of my 2020 Beat the Backlist reading challenge. The Help follows the story of three women in 1962 Jackson, Mississippi. Two of these women are women of color – Aibileen and her friend Minny. The third woman, Skeeter, was born on the other side of the neighborhood.

Aibileen and Minny are two of many maids, or house helps, that work around the white elites of Jackson. Aibileen is currently raising her 17th white child while Minny was employed by a mysterious lady living outside of Jackson. Skeeter, on the other hand, grew up on a farm and recently graduated from college. Upon returning to their farm, she found that her beloved maid who raised her as a child has disappeared.

As this is a Deep South book, it is easy to surmise that the book’s main subjects revolve around the color of the skin and discrimination. This is a timely read especially with the recent incident of George Floyd’s death under the knees of a white policemen. Issues of racism has remained relevant throughout the years because of incidents like this. It is unfortunate that we still gruesome hear news like this.

In the context of my current read, I am very interested in how Aibileen and Minny overcome their affliction. Skeeter, I can pretty well say, will be instrumental in how the two women will be liberated. Aibileen and Minny, for once in their life, are opening up significant portions of their life to a virtual stranger and that is no easy feat. Their point-of-views and their voices are keeping me at the edge of my seat.

A lot of things are bound to happen as I am just midway through the book. It has some interesting facets and story lines that I want to follow through. I hope it holds itself together until the very end. I am hoping to finish this book over the weekend.

That is it for now. I hope everyone is enjoying their current read. Happy weekend everyone! And as always, happy reading!