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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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    Cheryl lumberton, NJ, USA 10-18-09
    Cheryl lumberton, NJ, USA 10-18-09
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    "A total page turner"

    Fantastic story! It was a tough story to put down. Stockett makes you feel as if you're a fly on the wall. A true winner!

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    K. McRitchie Iowa, United States 10-17-09
    K. McRitchie Iowa, United States 10-17-09 Member Since 2016

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    "I have already listened to it twice!"

    I had a high school composition teacher who remarked that books are friends. Take a friend off the shelf when you need it and it will be with you always. This one made me remember that idea. I felt like I was among friends. I got to know the characters, loved the use of different narrators. It gave such a good perspective of the struggles and stupidity of the times. I got ticked off at the caucasian housewives with their ignorance and how they were just like sheep; had no brains for themselves...just flocked. I admire the courage of the women in spite of the risks. We witnessed Skeeter mature and maybe times change a little. Great book...pretty long, but you don't want it to end.

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    Kathleen Spruce Grove, Alberta 10-17-09
    Kathleen Spruce Grove, Alberta 10-17-09 Member Since 2009

    I work in sales for a cellphone company and so obviously love technology. I couldn't function without my Audible apps on my phones!!

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    "Amazing!"

    Everyone should experience this novel. The narration is phenomenal, the three women really bring the characters to life. By far the best, most inspirational book I have enjoyed all year!

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    Rosemary hingham, MA, United States 10-16-09
    Rosemary hingham, MA, United States 10-16-09
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    "enlighting"

    I was a teenager during the 60's and this book helped me understand the many different angles to civil rights. The narrative was spot on and helped me feel each charactors fear and triumph. Great listen!!!

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    Susan belmont, MA, USA 10-15-09
    Susan belmont, MA, USA 10-15-09 Member Since 2003
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    "Fantastic Narration"

    I loved this book!!! Having multiple narrators worked extremely well - it gave me a better picture of the characters. And the book itself - wow! I'm from NYC and came of age in the 60s. I never witnessed theses types of actions personally, but I know they existed. We can never forget that this happened and how terrible an era in our history this was...

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    Kathleen Bellevue, WA, USA 10-15-09
    Kathleen Bellevue, WA, USA 10-15-09
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    "great narration, great characters, great story"

    I was delighted all the way through this book. The characters and the voices that portray them ring true, the story is heartening and satisfying without being treakly or smarmy. I loved it!

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    PaulaGibson 10-14-09
    PaulaGibson 10-14-09 Member Since 2010
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    "Great Book with Depth"


    Well written...have sugessted to several friends who also loved it. Could not stop listening... some parts made me cry.

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    Meredith 10-13-09
    Meredith 10-13-09
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    "Just Read It!"

    This is a wonderful book! It has made a slow climb up the Best Seller list due to recommendations vs. publicity. The characters have depth and texture, the narrators capture the essence of each. I had never heard of this author, nor did the 1960's south interest me, but this is more a story about people; relationships;and courage. I have recommended this book to many friends, which I am usually hesitant to do as people have such different tastes. This is a worthy listen!!!

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    Jayne Kraemer 10-13-09
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    "Couldn't Stop Listening"

    The Help is a fascinating novel and the narrators enhance the novel with their expressive and excellent performances. I laughed and cried, and thoroughly enjoyed every listening minute. This is one that is not to be missed!

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    Jacqueline Jacksonville, FL, USA 10-12-09
    Jacqueline Jacksonville, FL, USA 10-12-09
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    "True to the South"

    I loved this book and all of the characters in it. I know each one of them! Any southerner of a certain age will recognize someone in it.

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