Kathryn Stockett is the best-selling author of The Help, Audible's 2009 pick for Audiobook of the Year. In this interview she tells us about her role in choosing the book's narrator, and reveals what she's working on next.
About The Help:
Three ordinary women are about to take one extraordinary step. Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter has just returned home after graduating from Ole Miss. She may have a degree, but it is 1962, Mississippi, and her mother will not be happy till Skeeter has a ring on her finger. Skeeter would normally find solace with her beloved maid, Constantine, the woman who raised her, but Constantine has disappeared, and no one will tell Skeeter where she has gone.
Aibileen is a black maid, a wise, regal woman raising her 17th white child. Something has shifted inside her after the loss of her own son, who died while his bosses looked the other way. She is devoted to the little girl she looks after, though she knows both their hearts may be broken.
Minny, Aibileen's best friend, is short, fat, and perhaps the sassiest woman in Mississippi. She can cook like nobody's business, but she can't mind her tongue, so she's lost yet another job. Minny finally finds a position working for someone too new to town to know her reputation. But her new boss has secrets of her own.
Seemingly as different from one another as can be, these women will nonetheless come together for a clandestine project that will put them all at risk. And why? Because they are suffocating within the lines that define their town and their times. And sometimes lines are made to be crossed.
In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.
Listen to The Help (Unabridged) by Kathryn Stockett.
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I could not wait to hear the interview with Kathryn Stockett. This was my favorite book and I really wanted to hear her perspective and intentions when she started writing "The Help"
I heard a good book today!
This interview helped me deciding book purchase.Great interview and the book in in my library now.
This book..I just couldn't let go out of my head so I own the audio book, physical book and the dvd of the movie as well!
Totally had no idea there was an interview of the author and after listening I would say I really enjoyed it.
*Minus one star because the quality of Kathryn's part was not good.
Was she sick or was it the telephone line that was not clear..?
Anyways, I'm so glad that she's writing another book and more excited about prequel of The Help!
The different voices made it seem like masterpiece theater.
Well done. We listened to this in the car on a road trip. It made for great discussion with my family. My teenage girls had a chance to digest the book before watching the movie.
What a nice touch to have an interview posted and available to listen to. I enjoyed the book and movie. Glad to hear about the author
If you have already read the book, the interview will be interesting. If not, you'll be lost. She asks a lot of questions about specific characters and plot lines. She doesn't give away a lot (which is good) but doesn't ask a lot of questions to introduce a new reader to the book.
This interview let's in more than it should, giving away part of the end of the book. My advice is get the book first!
Born, raised, and live in Hawaii. Married with one cat. My favorite way to drive my car is to listen to a great audiobook at the same time. Addicted to the Pendergast novels of Preston and Child. Also love autobiographies narrated by the author, usually a celebrity of some sort.
around the middle, considering it is a recording of an interview over the phone.
If you love the book The Help, you should be interested in the interview with the author.
Have already listened twice; I found the insight re: "The Help" fascinating, and was moved and impressed by the author's commitment to authenticity and integrity in the telling of that story (and presumably any other writing or speaking she does).
I will almost certainly listen again, either before (finally) seeing the movie or afterwards.
I always like to read about the creative process, but I especially enjoyed this. My next reading of the book (or watching of the movie) will be further enriched by having listened to this, and I'm now even more interested in reading anything else Ms. Stockett may write in the future.
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