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)
I am an avid reader and audiobook listener. I have never enjoyed an audiobook as much as this one. The narrators of the book (4 in total) did a magnificent job. The author wrote a beautiful book. This is the book my thirteen year old daughter should read over the summer, not the standard dribble that her school requires.
YOU WILL NOT REGRET BUYING THIS BOOK.
Enjoyable book and a wonderfully woven story. Easy to listen to with wonderful narration. Didn't want to take a break from listening to it.
I usually don't listen to books quite this "feminine"-I mostly listen to politcal/historical stuff, but I loved this book, I couldn't get enough. I would drive anywhere just to listen and then sit in the driveway and listen some more. Riveting, thought provoking and moving.
I am not even certain I LIKE listening to books instead of reading them - but this one made me stop my life and do NOTHING but listen until it was done. The voices are superb, the characters are fascinating. I think I miss them in my life - and truly, I might listen to the whole thing again. This was the best use of my audible points - you HAVE to get it for yourself!
Everything about this book was great. The content was superb and a haunting reminder of life in the south. The voices will stick with me for years to come. I have missed the characters since the book was over!
I have just finished listening to "The Help". The women who narrate this book are outstanding; their voices really bring the novel to life. I found myself mesmerized by the characters' stories and couldn't wait to hear what happened next (it's amazing how much cleaning I got done the days I listened!)Although some situations and characters were not fully developed (Celia, for example)I nevertheless recommend this novel. The author did an excellent job interweaving the stories of three women trying to make sense of their lives in the 1960s South.
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