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)
What a stellar tale, well told, worth every minute of my time! Having read literally hundreds of audio books, I am not stretching a bit to say this may be the most amazing production of voice I have ever listened to. I don't know which captured me first, the glimpse into southern life half a century ago, or the voices of those telling this story. The women reading are fantastic. They make you feel like they are telling you personally about their lives, and while the basic underlying theme gives clear insight into the racist society of Mississippi in the 60's, the book never preaches, never lays a guilt trip, but instead gives you a first-person experience of a time and place so far away from today that it is hard to believe it was within the last century. I just loved this book. It ranks among my all time favorites and it is a stunning first book by an author I will be following.
This is a wonderful novel. Some of the points are a little heavy-handed, like the bigoted head of the ladies' league raising money for "the poor starving children in Africa."
But the chilling description of how a white lady kills you by inches if you cross her ... that really sent chills up my spine.
This book will stay with you for a long long time, and I intend to listen to it again. I was so happy to see it as a reader and critic favorite for 2009. It deserves it! Don't hesitate on this one. Beautifully written and narrated.
A great book and a terrific audio recording. Great character development. Unexpected ending. Wonderful voices to listen to. One of the best books I've downloaded in years.
Worth more than 1 credit!! This book is a going to be a classic, just like the Color Purple. I listened, mesmerized, loving every moment.
Great book about the civil rights movement, bravery, forgiveness, and just enough revenge to add some fabulous spice. Wonderful characters and dialog. The women who narrated brought this tale to life. I'm still enthralled.
An amazing book. I normally restrict my listening to driving. I threw out the rule book for this one.
I grew up in the south, though not in the privileged class of the "white ladies" of this book, and the writer did an excellent job of showing their prejudice. Good book. I especially enjoyed the readers---very good pronunciation, without being disrespectful.
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