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)
Loved the book. The naration was fantastic. The story flowed and ebbed pulling all my emotions as the characters went through their daily lives. I am from the South and there is such truth in each word and phrase. It made me recall, good and bad, how things were then. Awesome....
I listen to a lot of books to divert my attention while doing menial tasks. This is the best book I've come across in years! I stopped the menial chores and listened for hours ... not wanting to miss a single word. The narration was excellent! I've told all friends and family members they MUST read this book!
This is the best audio book I have ever listened to. The cast was fabulous. I only found one spot where I was distracted by an attempt at a change in voice. I highly recommend this book for both story line and narration.
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.
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