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)
Slow start that built up to a suspenseful ending. I hated for it to end and started looking for another book by the author. Really captured race relations in the Mississippi south in the early 60s.
I loved everything about this book! The characters were so fully realized and the narration by all was divine. This author's talent is amazing.
I loved every moment, every word about this book. Truly an extraordinary achievement.
The story was excellent, characters were believable, the narration phenomenal!
This is one of the best books I've either read or listened to in a long time. I am so glad I discovered it on Audible first, because I don't see how this book could have been as enjoyable without the perfect narration. I am so glad there were different narrators, not just one trying to change her voice for each character. This was such a thoughtfully intricate book, with a bittersweet ending. I loved it.
I loved "The Help". It made me laugh, it made me cry. The author paints such vivid pictures of the characters, and the readers do a great job. I was immersed in the story - I couldn't put it down, and I didn't want it to end. I highly recommend!
Loved this so much I recommended it to my book club and they all loved it too. A look back at a very different time but comes across very modern, and you can relate to the characters. Once you know someone else who has read it you will have many inside jokes together!
Such a wonderfully told story. You really get to know the characters and the narration was perfect. This book made me smile, made me mad and made me cry. I was so sad when it ended.
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