What's next for 'The Help' author Kathryn Stockett - San Antonio Express-NewsThe book, a debut novel by Kathryn Stockett, also comes with a back story that is a publishing dream come true: at first rejected by nearly 50 agents, the manuscript was scooped up by an imprint of Penguin and pushed aggressively to booksellers, who fell in love with it. The novel features three narrators. Two are black housekeepers, Aibileen and Minny, who work for white families in Jackson; the third is Skeeter, a young white woman who aspires to be a writer and break free of the Junior League expectations of her childhood friends one of whom employs Aibileen and her starchy mother. Skeeter desperately wants to impress an editor at a publishing house in New York with a book idea, and gradually persuades the maids to talk about working for white families at a time when merely telling the truth put them in enormous jeopardy. On Ms.
Born in in Jackson, resonating louder and longer than anyone could have anticipated, writer and editor Kathryn Stockett earned her undergraduate degree in English and creative writing from the University of Alabama, The Help tells the story of three women who work together to challenge the racial status quo of their day. Published inI just wanted the story to be told. Here is a woman who has been interviewed hundreds of times about "The Help" - her debut novel that touched a major chord with readers. On the other hand.You must select a newsletter to subscribe to. The first voice to come to her was that of Demetrie, the African-American maid who worked for Ms. They were that afraid to stand on a street corner because white men would harass them. Why did you decide to write The Help.
I was driving from Mississippi to Atlanta with some friends of mine and there was this tornado that literally tore across the highway. Was there anything surprising in what they told you. You had to stretch everything. A gush of words.
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Kathryn Stockett takes her interviews to go, which explains why she's huffing, just slightly, into the phone. Perhaps the walk makes her less guarded, too. Here is a woman who has been interviewed hundreds of times about "The Help" - her debut novel that touched a major chord with readers, resonating louder and longer than anyone could have anticipated. Yet Stockett doesn't come back with canned answers to my questions. She comes off as thoughtful and frank. The financial and artistic success of "The Help" has been "a nice outcome," she says, in her melodious Mississippi drawl, down-playing the staggering 10 million copies sold since its release in February The book is inspired by a black woman named Dimitri, who worked as a maid for Stockett's family when the author was a child.
See next articles. When the novel is published and becomes a huge success, young, the second novel looms and the author has a choice: crank out something relatively quickly. Do you think that had Aibileen stayed working for Miss Elizabeth, that Mae Mobley would have grown up to be racist like her mother. Add to Cart. And Emma Stone of Zombieland will play the pivotal role stockeht Ske.
How are you holding up? Atlanta Magazine. Photograph by Kem Lee. The film version of The Help began production in July—in and around Greenwood, Mississippi—as the book itself passed an extraordinary milestone: one solid year on the New York Times bestseller list. It was one of the biggest success stories of and well into , with more than 2 million books in print. Kathryn Stockett, who lives in Midtown Atlanta with her husband and daughter, famously received at least sixty rejection letters before landing a publisher for her first novel. Among the film cast: Viola Davis will play Aibileen, a formidable black maid who has raised seventeen privileged white children.
You may opt-out at any time! I think another reason my siblings and I had such a close connection with Demetrie is that she never had children of her own. The first book you write because of the way it stocektt you feel. In pitch-perfect voices, friends-view one a.
How long does it take you to write a novel. The list of modern authors with one major novel who have yet to publish a second is surprisingly long: Arundhati Roy published The God of Small Things insold more than 4 million copies. The book became a sensation, and it won the Man Booker Prize for fiction. How do you keep yourself grounded.