I am a little disillusioned at the discovery that Kathryn Stockett's publicity manager does not allow the release of this incredible author's mailing address for general public use (or, admittedly in some cases, abuse). On second thought, this makes perfect sense. I just finished reading The Help and felt that nothing short of a sincere thank you letter was appropriate in response. However, this venue must suffice.
Dear Ms. Stockett,
Thank you for writing your incredible novel, The Help. Until I read this book, I had been stuck for too long in a rut of running through fast-paced routine, checking off to-do lists, and seeking instant entertainment. As soon as I read the first sentence of Chapter One, I appreciated once more the inestimable value of reading a good book. As I read through this novel (into the night, at the gym, on my lunch breaks, in the time I could find and then some) I experienced the healing and empowering that the soul receives from reading words that have been masterfully crafted into sentences, paragraphs, characters, emotions, and stories. Your novel has influenced me in many ways: on a large scale, I have been enlightened regarding the way I would like to raise my future children, my views of society and history, my need to stop and consider another's perspective - and on a small but quite significant scale, I am inspired to pick up great literature and read more and pick up my smartphone and waste time less.
Thank you for telling this story so beautifully.