I enjoyed reading "The Help." However, being an old broad, I noticed some anachronisms. At least I THINK they're anachronisms for the years 1962 - 1964:
1. Author mentions liquid "typing fluid" - apparently it was invented by then; but was it used then in Mississippi? It sure wasn't used then in Milwaukee!!
2. Author refers to the use of parchment paper. I never ever heard of parchment paper (for cooking) until the 90s. Were cooks using it in Mississippi then?
3. Author refers to typewriter INK, i.e. going to the store to buy some. Haha! I know that one's wrong. We used typing RIBBONS. She also refers to eyes that "sting from the smell of typing ink." Never happened to me.
4. Character in the book refers to "a window" of time. I don't think that was jargon in the 60s as it is now (and I'm really tired of hearing it).
5. Character uses these words: "priortize" and "grow exponentially." I never heard those terms before the 90s. (I'm sick of them too!)
6. Character mentions a silent auction. Did they have them back then? I sure have been to a lot of them, and enjoy them, but never remember them at charity events years ago.
7. Character uses spray starch in 1964. My mom was still using the liquid stuff back then, rolling shirts and keeping them wet in the fridge until she could get to them for ironing.
Anyway - good story, talented (YOUNG) writer - but my question is - are all the editors at her publishing house similarly too young to notice these things?? They need some old broads in-house!
Gail Grenier is the author of Calling All Horses, Dog Woman, Don't Worry Baby, and Dessert First, all available on Amazon.com.