The climax of the novel occurs as a result of the publication of the book. When the book is published, Skeeter, Aibileen, and Minny each enter the culmination and high point of their story-lines. Tensions reach their peak.
The climax of the novel is manifold as it relates to each of these principal characters separately. Aibileen is fired. Minny is given the promise of continued employment and Skeeter's friendship with Miss Hilly ends.
The falling action of the novel effectively implies a future for these main characters. Aibileen will write for the newspaper and try to find new employment elsewhere as well. Skeeter will move to New York City.
Minny engages in more extensive "falling action" than the other characters as she decides to leave her husband and move in with her sister.
This is Minny’s chance to be free. She does not have to be hit by Leroy any longer. There is silence on the line, and Aibileen wills her friend to hear her. She does; she says she “done took this long enough.” Minny Jackson is back. She says Leroy has no idea what she is capable of; she will stay at Octavia’s until she gets her own place. Aibileen believes Minny will do what she says.
For Skeeter and Aibileen, the climax of their story-line occurs very near the end of their narratives and so the falling action associated with their characters is less extensive than Minny's falling action.