This is easily one of the best books I've ever read. Actually, I listened to it on audio, and the readers are clearly the best I've ever listened to.
The writing and the vocal performances are all top notch. The character development is excellent - I really felt like I knew these people. The vocal performers breathed life into this book - where the characters laugh, the actor laughs. Where the character cries, the actor cries. They did an excellent job. I couldn't stop listening!
This book is so eerily representative of my growing up years that I wouldn't be surprised to learn that one of my sisters wrote it under a pseudonym. It is sooooo true to my experiences - it gave me that "someone's walking on my grave" feeling in many spots. The author really captures the flavor of growing up with household help.
My family hired help, and I can relate to the book from that perspective, I feel like it is really very true to life - I wonder how someone who was "the help" would feel about this book? Does it reflect your experiences?
There is much sadness in this book, but the overall message is one of hope, and redemption. This is a moving, inspirational book. I will certainly listen to it again (and again and again...)