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The Help

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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Joanne 12-12-09
    Joanne 12-12-09 Listener Since 2007
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    Great read and the narrators kept the charachters identified. If you lived in the south during that time period, this book helps explain many feelings and beliefs that we may still have today.

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    alison Dallas, TX, United States 12-11-09
    alison Dallas, TX, United States 12-11-09 Member Since 2009

    Devoted reader and reading teacher. I don't know what I would do without Audible! Lets me do all my chores and still get my "reading" in!

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    "Listening may be better than reading"

    I love this audio book! The women who read are excellent. I listened all the way through twice in a row. It is a wonderful story about the bonds between women and those lines that we foolishly imagine are between us. Beautiful.

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    Bob Hail 12-11-09
    Bob Hail 12-11-09 Member Since 2014

    I,m 71 yrs old and retired

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    "Sombody was there"

    I lived through the time of the setting of the book and know how things were. This is an excellent book

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    Valarie C. 12-11-09
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    "Must Listen"

    Excellent book. All four narrators do a fantastic job.

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    kathryn Salisbury, NC, United States 12-11-09
    kathryn Salisbury, NC, United States 12-11-09
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    "One of the best!"

    This book is a jewel! Well written, with well developed, interesting characters and a great story! So hard to believe that this is an accurate picture of the relationship between many white southerners and their help in my own lifetime. The narrators are as good as they get, making this one of the very best books I have ever bought. I was sorry to have it end, and I have bought it in hardback for my husband for Christmas. Thank you, thank you, thank you...for a wonderful listening experience!!

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    Cheryl Wilmington, MA, USA 12-10-09
    Cheryl Wilmington, MA, USA 12-10-09
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    "Great book."

    This was a great book. I found myself wondering what everyone was up to and how their lives turned out weeks after reading it. I had to remind myself it was a book--not real. The narrators were so good I have searched out more books read by them.

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    Nanny 12-10-09
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    "Worth the rating"

    This book has received high ratings from most reviewers and deserves them. It makes a perfect audible selection as it is a great story with wonderful naration. The thought provoking plot and sub plots are mixed with just the right amount of humor.

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    Elisenda 12-09-09
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    "Loved it!"

    Great listen. Having several narrators reading it made the story come to life. I found myself laughing aloud. I couldn't wait to listen to some more, plus it's a story that needs to be listen to more often. I will listen to this one again.

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    mehndiartist Wilmington, DE 12-09-09
    mehndiartist Wilmington, DE 12-09-09 Member Since 2015

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    "amazing book, beautifully narrated"

    This most compelling story drew me in deeply and brought me back to the other historical fiction and biographies I read about the Civil Rights movement. There is a distinct difference between reading the text (which I did in the bookstore to see the spellings of the characters' names) and hearing the narration. The individual narrators helped immerse me into the story and their accents and emphatic phrasing during tense moments of the story were wonderful. Well worth the listen.

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    Angela Morris Plains, NJ, USA 12-05-09
    Angela Morris Plains, NJ, USA 12-05-09
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    "Fabulous listen"

    I really enjoyed the novel as well as the performances, which brought the finely developed characters to life. I got close to the end of the novel just before I was supposed to leave for a party--I almost wanted to stay home to listen to the ending instead!

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