If ain’t broke, don’t fix it. That seems to be Kathryn Stockett’s rule to live by. The bestselling author whose first novel, The Help, is about to hit theaters, is starting to put some thought into her next book.
According to Entertainment Weekly, Stockett will be focusing on Southern women in the 1920’s for her upcoming novel. Though she hasn’t begun to write it yet, it seems she’s already determined her focus and format, and it sounds pretty familiar. Historial fiction. Multiple storytellers. Focused on high-class women who must learn the ways of their lower-class companions.
In this article, Stockett explains that the 1920’s and Depression area were an interesting time for women, who had just gotten the opportunity to vote for the first time. But those women ultimately went from riches to rags.
So it’s about a group of women who were raised in a rather white privileged home and then the Depression hit and suddenly they have no support. They have absolutely no marketable skills. So they have to figure out how to work their way up into the world and figure out how to earn a living and support each other and take care of each other.
It sounds like Stockett has a niche. But it’s too soon to say if it’s a profitable genre, or if Stockett just lucked out with The Help.