I read the book titled The Help last week. There is a movie out now based on the book. I would not have known the movie fact if a wedding guest had not told me about it.Â Oddly, the trailer for the movie seems to paint the story as a comedy, at least the trailer I saw. I did not find the book at all comical.Â In fact, I found it sad, interesting, offensive, a bit questionable and oh yeah, triggering.
Warning for anyone reading the book (I don’t know if this piece made it to the movie) there is a passage or two about a maid that has to surrender her child to adoption. She surrenders the child to an orphanage, in Chicago of all places. There is also a small discussion of a reunion that took place. The adult adoptee finds her mama.Â I wont spoil the rest. Just wanted to offer a heads up.Â I personally despise getting blindsided by adoption when I am reading.
Particularly when I am returning home from the city I surrendered my own first born in.
ETA: No surprise, minutes after posting this I see a link on Dawn’s Facebook about this very book/movie. DifferentÂ perspective. Kathryn Stockett Is Not My Sister and I Am Not Her Help