Great book guys - every character is so vivid. Its about the civil rights of blacks told through the lives of the black maids in Jackson, Missisippi.
I would like to point out one thing that this book might not get across (I haven't read it). That is, there are a lot of poor people in Mississippi, including in Jackson, black and white. Very few people can afford maids. This book could well help reinforce this stereotype that the south is full of rich white people and poor black people when, how I grew up, it was just full of poor people. Ha..very few of the plantation owners, or even smaller farming landowners, survived reformation/reconstruction. Lots of poor white folks who would have liked to think themselves a step up on the ladder but dirt poor is dirt poor despite how much of a racist you are.
Probably not from my neck of the woods, then. We did our own cleaning, lol. Not that I'm discounting the book, at all, or it's perspective. The reviews I've read of it, though, claimed that it is a little "sweet" and doesn't come close to describing what race relations were like in Mississippi at the time, which were absolutely horrible.