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Blanche on the Lam, by Barbara Neely.

January 28, 2012

Blanche on the Lam, by Barbara Neely. Penguin Books, 1992. 215 pages.

For the Real Help group reading the books recommended by the Association of Black Women’s Historians in response to the book and movie The Help.

Blanche is a quick, fun mystery. Blanche, the domestic servant, is the one to solve her employers’ mystery. Read it if you possibly can, but you’ll never be comfortable hiring anyone to work in our own home again.

The other books in this series are good, but never quite as spontaneous as this first one.

Highly recommended for all.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. January 28, 2012 11:29 am

    Thanks for joining us with this book!

  2. February 4, 2012 4:27 pm


  3. February 9, 2012 7:51 pm

    Oh, thank you for recommending this book! I have been searching for the correct title now for about 8 years since once of my close friends told me about the series…she absolutely adores Blanche, her wit, and the way the book captures the “invisible life” of domestic work ( the way she described Blanche was a person who sees, hears and experiences much, who is visible while remaining invisible). I’ve wanted to read the book as part of a reading group and share it with my mother, but could not remember the exact title…until now.


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