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.
This edition now includes the afterword "Too Little, Too Late - Kathryn Stockett in Her Own Words", as read by the author.
Bonus Audio: Hear an exclusive interview with Kathryn Stockett.
©2009 Kathryn Stockett, Cover Art: (c) 2011 DreamWorks II Distribution Co., LLC (P)2009 Penguin
"This heartbreaking story is a stunning debut from a gifted talent." (Atlanta Journal)
“It's graceful and real, a compulsively readable story of three women who watch the Mississippi ground shifting beneath their feet as the words of men like Martin Luther King Jr. and Bob Dylan pervade their genteel town. When folks at your book club wonder what to read next month, go on and pitch this wholly satisfying novel with confidence.” (Entertainment Weekly)
"[A] wise, poignant novel...You'll catch yourself cheering out loud." (People Magazine)
Wonderful book, thought provoking as well as entertaining. Characters were well developed, very interesting and believable. Read by three different voice which only increased the entertainment value.
I was very rushed to find a book to listen to while I work nights and b/c of the reviews alone I chose this one...I CAN NOT BELIEVE how addicted to this story that I am still currently having to keep myself from listening to until it is time to go to work. YOU MUST listen to this story! I honestly believe it is changing my life's prospective every day. it has a deep emotional impact on me and lingers in my head.
At first, I thought the book was going to a simplistic "white people are bad, black people are good" finger wagging lecture. I stuck with it, however, and found that it was nuanced, thought provoking without being preachy, and generally very good. The readers were excellent.
I normally limit my audio book listening to the gym and long car rides, but this one is so excellent, I had to finish it at home. Wonderful insight into the relationships between white households and black household help in the 1960s. Sad, happy, emotional.
I bought this book by description only. The authenticity of the time and place rang true to me. The narration was excellent and I could visualize each character with clarity. I hated for the book to end, I missed the characters when I finished. Moving to the south when I was 10 years old from a small town with no blacks, I was fascinated with the black people and the "colored help". I had never heard of Jim Crow or civil rights and did not know blacks were separated from whites until I sat in the "wrong place" at a movie theater. I love the dignity the author bestows on characters who deserved it and the humiliation on those who earned it.
One of THE best books I've read/listened to in years. The readers are tops-- it's rare that you find both a great story and great readers in electronic books--- The Help has both! Stockett is brillant. And all of the readers are simply gifted!
This should be mandatory listening in ALL southern schools.
A terrific book, one of the very best. Lovingly and brilliantly narrated.
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