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)
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One of the best books I have read in a very long time. Amazing historical fiction - and all of it in my lifetime. Great narration. A must read!
This is an excellent book. I am old enough to have lived through these times but I was not aware of the pervasiveness of life in the south. We knew something significant was happening when the civil rights movement started, we just did not realize how significant. This book put into perspective many of the events that I observed in media reports at the time.
This book is needed to educate the younger generations about what man is capable of doing to others including creating perverted "laws" to support it. This did not happen in Rwanda or the Sudan or South Africa, this happened in the "civilized" nation of the United States of America. "The Help" should send the message that vigilance is always necessary and complacency is the tool of those who will take advantage of it. Thank you, Kathryn Stockett.
My wife and I became enthralled with the characters in this book. The narrators are able to bring these people to life in a way that takes you back to that time and place in all too realistic a manner and also shows how far we have come in our society. Too much awful history with this type of discrimination and attitudes towards blacks and we can only be thankful that a book such as this can make us realize that we can never return to that day and age.
The writing and narration are both so excellent, and the narration in particular, that this book takes you immediately away to the rooms, kitchens, streets and porches of this story. It's one of the most perfect audiobooks I've had the pleasure of listening to. I was compelled from beginning to end, but listened particularly intently to Abelene and Minnie, who now seem like friends. I highly recommend this book, and definitely in audio . A literary experience heightened through listening.
This is one of my favorite works of fiction. The fact that it deals with the difficult issue of segregation and what amounted to "slavery" and abuse of the negroes working for the white families in the south, makes it something we should hear. It is told from various perspectives in different chapters, a delightful technique.
These readers are truly gifted actors with great accents and natural use of the vernacular. They make it the best listen I've ever heard. I will recommend this book on tape to all my friends.
I loved this book and highly recommend it. I found it compelling and the audio added a wonderful dimension to the enjoyment. I did not want to finish it and missed the characters when I did. Excellent!
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