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 loved this book and the characters so much that when it ended I wanted to know what became of them...it was that real! Problem is...now I don't know what to listen to next, I can't imagine anything being as rewarding.
The three talented narrators really make this book. Their distinct voices make it very clear whose story is being told. To me The Help is perfect for an audiobook - interesting story, well-written, but not so crazily complex that I need to rewind if I miss a little detail. And I escaped into that world when I listened. Loved it.
This was one of the best audio books I have enjoyed, I found myself extending my walking time simply because I couldn't stop listening to these wonderful woman and their story.
I have listened to over 100 books through audible and this is the first one I felt compelled to review. I have recommended it to everyone I know. The narration was outstanding. Story was moving. Do not miss this one.
We all want a great story, well written/told and exceptionally narrated. This book has it all! I listened to all three parts without stopping. Thankfully, I had the time, but I don't know what I would have done if I hadn't -- probably a sick day!
The context of the story is important, but the voices presented by the author are so personal and compelling. This novel breathes life into a world we can all hope has passed -- black women who worked in wealthy homes in the South.
I will never forget this book and its exceptional narration.
I was so pleasantly surprised when I heard the second narrator come out of no where. I felt completely involved in their stories. The narration made me feel like I was listening to a friend. The author's vision of the deep south in the 60's made me feel happy, angry, agitated, hopeful and excited all in one moment. Excellent! I would highly recommend this novel.
Couldn't stop listening to it. the narration was incredible. the story was incredible. The storytelling was incredible.
best book of 2009 IMHO
Wish there was a sequel.
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