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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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    Michelle Widner Reynoldsburg, OH United States 12-29-09
    Michelle Widner Reynoldsburg, OH United States 12-29-09 Member Since 2015
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    "I love these women"

    I listened the first time and turned right around and listened again. I hated to lose the voices of these women. I've loved it twice and I must say I surprised myself a little bit. I'm a big suspense/thriller reader. But I hated to have this book end...twice.

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    Sernearia United States 12-29-09
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    "GREAT!!!"

    This book was amazing. I didn't really expect too much from it because I've read "slavery" books so I thought it would be typical. Each character kept my attention and I wanted to be apart of the story. It had its sad moments and moments that made laugh myself to tears (chocolate pie).I did not like the ending because I wanted to continue to follow their lives. I enjoyed this so much!

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    "Excellent!"

    Loved the story from beginning to end. Well worth the listen, I look forward to more from this author.

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    Melissa 12-29-09
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    "Unexpected & amazing"

    I was unsure what to expect from this audiobook. After reading some of the other reviews I decided it was worth a try. What an unexpected suprise. It's probably one of the best books I've read or listened to in years. I was sad for it to end. Heartwarming & funny.

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    Lora 12-29-09
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    "The Help"

    Excellent story...Loved it.

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    Judy 12-28-09
    Judy 12-28-09 Member Since 2011

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    fascinating

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    Kevin New Albany, OH, United States 12-28-09
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    "One of the best ever"

    Having three narrators made a great book an incredible audiobook. One of the best ever.

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    CT Chase 12-28-09
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    "Slice of Life Book- worth indulging"

    A great listen capturing a time period perfectly.
    A joy.

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    Gayle Wayne 12-28-09
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    "Truly a Five Star Listen!"

    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.

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    Gayle Owens 12-27-09
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    "Spellbinding"

    A story interwoven with fiction and historical fact. Very entertaining.

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