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 was glued to my mp3 player throughout this entire book! The characters are so realistic, I feel like I know each one personnally. And the story is highly believable. The best fiction book I've read in years!
Fantastic narration and wonderful story. I couldn't get enough of this book and was sad when it was over. Don't hesitate to buy/use your credit on this one....totally worth it!
This is a very nice story, makes you cry, makes you laugh. I highly recommend it.
I just finished listening to "The Lovely Bones" and I thought all the way through that I wished I was reading it instead. This story is the opposite. The three readers are so good I could hardly stop listening. I enjoyed it all.
This book was hard to put down. You could almost feel the racial tension while reading the book. You also felt the angst of the characters. The author painted a very vivid picture of Mississippi in the sixties. I can't wait to see another book from this author.l
The Help is the best book I have read in a very long time. The writing is exceptional, creating characters that you'd swear you knew at some previous point in your life. Special thanks to the readers who increased the impact of this wonderful book. Everyone in my office is reading it or talking about it.
I've been an Audible member for 3 years, and I think this book was my favorite. Good story, and the actresses did a great job voicing the characters. Recommended.
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