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 book is unbelievable. It is one of those that make you look back in time and wonder, why was our world so unfair? Very powerful! Very inspirational! Very humbling. Absolutely loved it. Each part being read by a different woman was an awesome idea!!!!!
Wow that was fun and suspenseful and touching and sobering. I can see why it got such rave reviews! I love this book! i would give this book as a gift. GREAT JOB!
This book is absolutely the best I've ever listened to from Audible.
The voices are perfect for their parts, and all three are versatile for all the different characters. The story is a very emotional tale of a difficult time in the south - for all concerned. I recommend this book for all - you will not be disappointd.
I loved "The Help"! This is by far my favorite book I have ever listened to since becoming an audible listener years ago...it is touching, painful, thought-provoking, suspenseful and humorous...The narrations were excellent; every single voice seemed right and I found myself enjoying the return of different characters and feeling attached to them as the book progressed. I highly recommend this book and look forward to a second listen in the near future!
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.
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.
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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