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)
A magnificent book brought brilliantly to life through the narrative voices provided by the writer and audible.com. I hope we can look forward to a continuation of The Help so we can follow the next chapters of these marvelous characters through the voices of Ms. Stockett and the fabulous narrators.
I enjoyed this book very much! One of the best I have ever purchased.
THE CHARACTERS BECAME SO REAL . I WANT TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS WITH THE REST OF THEIR LIVES. I CAN ONLY THINK OF A FEW BOOKS THAT I HAVE FELT THAT WAY ABOUT, THIS IS ONE. THANK YOU
I really enjoyed this wonderful tale by Kathryn Stockett...I am interested in checking out other works as she has a wonderful way of attacking a story from many angles. The readers were all amazing and really turned this book into a mini movie in my head with very little effort. A definite recommend!
This is absolutely one the best books I have listened to in a long time. The story is beautiful and heart wrenching at the same time. I hope Kathryn Stockett writes a sequel.
It pulled me into the book within minutes, it was wonderful, you become the characters, you see them, you are them. The readers are so very good, I recommend this book to all, especially if you live in the South like I do you can see how far we have come, it's just wonderful.
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