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)
Set in the early 60's, this book takes you into the racial discrimination and the struggle of civil rights in Jackson, Mississippi. The message is in the interactions and interviews of what it was like for a black woman to work in a white woman's world, and the bravery of those who tried to create change. The book was well researched and includes events that happened during those trying times. I highly recommend this book to those of you who want to open your eyes and reflect on how hard change can be, but how much kindness makes it all worthwhile.
One of the best books I have read or heard this year. Wonderfully narrated and written. It is not a thrill a minute mystery, but you get thoroughly caught up in the characters and you don't want to stop listening. Personally, I think this book should be required reading for any course on race relations or the history of the civil rights movement.
I agree with the other reviews. Except I would like a sequel. I wanted to here more backround about Minnie's employer and her life before she married her husband. It was like listening to a play with all the voice talent who did a great job. I also would like to follow Skeeter's future life.
This book was superbly written and superbly read. I knew within the first hour that it was going to be the best book I've ever listened to, and I've listened to hundreds. This is a book you don't want to miss and don't want to read on paper. My husband and I listened spellbound as we drove on vacation. I was even willing to start the book over so he could catch up, and it was well worth listening to it a second time. The only other book I've listened to that came even close was Pat Conroy's "Lords of Discipline."
My 80-year old mother was a "colored" maid from the 1950's to 1990's and grew up in Yazoo City, Mississippi. She used to take me to work with her to the homes she cleaned, and prided herself in the quality of her work. Katheryn Stockett and the brilliant actressess that read "the Help" took me back in time when I bonded with my mother and her "white children", much like Constance bonded with Skeeter. Listening to the book has made me proud to be her son and I can not wait to share the listen with her.
Just someone who likes a little bit of everything but mostly Sci-Fi/fantasy & Mystery Thrillers. I love Audiobooks because it makes whatever project I'm working on a little more enjoyable. I only wish I could leave reviews on books that I didn't get from Audible..I need another tb....
Whether I'm listening to my I-pod at home or in the store i was guaranteed to get odd looks when i broke out laughing at something said by one of these characters. They were wonderful! The narrators brought these ladies to life and the accents where on the mark. This is one of those that really would make a great movie. Although i won't hold my breath, no sex, murder or aliens. Just a great story!
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