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 have just finished listening to "The Help". The women who narrate this book are outstanding; their voices really bring the novel to life. I found myself mesmerized by the characters' stories and couldn't wait to hear what happened next (it's amazing how much cleaning I got done the days I listened!)Although some situations and characters were not fully developed (Celia, for example)I nevertheless recommend this novel. The author did an excellent job interweaving the stories of three women trying to make sense of their lives in the 1960s South.
As a southern girl, raised by "Help", I really appreciate this book. The audio version gives such life to the characters that is both authentic and entertaining. Read it and fall in love with the "Help". These women were (and are still today) wonderful, amazing, loving people. My Eula Mae is as close to me as my Mom. Eula Mae raised me and my 13 siblings while raising her own 13 children. She is my hero and my inspiration for life. She is my comfort and was my guide in raising my own 3 children. She still works for my mom and now my brother and sister who still live in Louisiana. We all love her dearly and will forever treasure our memories with her. The "Help"...real live southern life!!
I have NEVER written a review of an audiobook. Not because I haven't thoroughly enjoyed previous books, but mostly because I wasn't inspired to necessarily tell others about a book just because I enjoyed it. But...The Help is one of those books that I just have to tell others about. I loved every minute of this book. The narration was EXCELLENT!!! Every voice was captivating. The writing was so profound. I really can't say enough about it. I tell everyone who will listen how great this book is. You won't be disappointed.
A magnificent book brought brilliantly to life through the narrative voices provided by the writer and audible.com. I hope we can look forward to a continuation of The Help so we can follow the next chapters of these marvelous characters through the voices of Ms. Stockett and the fabulous narrators.
I enjoyed this book very much! One of the best I have ever purchased.
THE CHARACTERS BECAME SO REAL . I WANT TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS WITH THE REST OF THEIR LIVES. I CAN ONLY THINK OF A FEW BOOKS THAT I HAVE FELT THAT WAY ABOUT, THIS IS ONE. THANK YOU
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