Sugestão de fim-de-semana * Weekend suggestion

Espreitar a praia.
Take a peek at the beach.

Torcer pela selecção.
Support your soccer team.

E ler um livro.
And read a book.

The help (a.k.a. As serviçais, 2009), Kathryn Stockett

Skeeter tem vinte e dois anos e acabou de regressar da universidade a Jackson, Mississippi. Mas estamos em 1962, e a sua mãe só irá descansar quando a filha tiver uma aliança no dedo. Aibileen é uma criada negra, uma mulher sábia que viu crescer dezassete crianças. Quando o seu próprio filho morre num acidente, algo se quebra dentro dela. Minny, a melhor amiga de Aibileen, é provavelmente a mulher com a língua mais afiada do Mississippi. Cozinha divinamente, mas tem sérias dificuldades em manter o emprego… até ao momento em que encontra uma senhora nova na cidade.

Estas três personagens extraordinárias irão cruzar-se e iniciar um projecto que mudará a sua cidade e as vidas de todas as mulheres, criadas e senhoras, que habitam Jackson. São as suas vozes que nos contam esta história inesquecível cheia de humor, esperança e tristeza. Uma história que conquistou a América e está a conquistar o mundo.

Three ordinary women are about to take one extraordinary step. Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter has just returned home after graduating from Ole Miss. She may have a degree, but it is 1962, Mississippi, and her mother will not be happy till Skeeter has a ring on her finger. Skeeter would normally find solace with her beloved maid Constantine, the woman who raised her, but Constantine has disappeared and no one will tell Skeeter where she has gone.

Aibileen is a black maid, a wise, regal woman raising her seventeenth white child. Something has shifted inside her after the loss of her own son, who died while his bosses looked the other way. She is devoted to the little girl she looks after, though she knows both their hearts may be broken. Minny, Aibileen’s best friend, is short, fat, and perhaps the sassiest woman in Mississippi. She can cook like nobody’s business, but she can’t mind her tongue, so she’s lost yet another job. Minny finally finds a position working for someone too new to town to know her reputation. But her new boss has secrets of her own.

Seemingly as different from one another as can be, these women will nonetheless come together for a clandestine project that will put them all at risk. And why? Because they are suffocating within the lines that define their town and their times. And sometimes lines are made to be crossed. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women – mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends – view one another. A deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor, and hope, The Help is a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don’t.