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)
This narration reflects beautifully on the legacy of southern storytelling. The readers are amazing as they capture a turning point in the history of our country. I've listened to many books and this is my first review, written because I feel this is what listening to a book should be - oral tradition revisited.
This book is beautifully written. Out of all my audio books, I loved the narration on this one the best. The characters each had their own voices and the accents were wonderful. The book takes you through all emotions and makes you look hard at what our country was like, and where we are now, and how far we need to go. Loved it, and highly recommend it.
Kathryn Stockett will draw you into a world that since forgotten but true in the minds of many. It starts out a little slow but give it some time and you will not be disappointed. I love the way the story line builds and the underlying bits of humor will leave you with an unforgettable experience.
Wow!! The narrators were absolutely brilliant! Pitch perfect voices. The story, too, made me listen late into the evening & early morning. The narrators made the book even better than reading it. I will certainly follow this author.
Very enjoyable, most wonderful narration and excellent storyline reflecting a very difficult chapter in America's not so distant past.
What a wonderful story to listen to! The various voices of the women narrators were genuine and engaging, allowing you to enter into their lives and experience the attitudes of the time. The pace of the book was perfect, encouraging just a little more listening at the end of each chapter.
I couldn't stop listening. The story made me wonder about what life was like in Mississippi in the 60's. The characters are well developed and intriguing but I was a little disappointed with the ending.
I loved this book for so many reasons! It is an intriguing story about an important time in the history of our nation, and is told exceptionally well. It is also narrated beautifully by three women.
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