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 seldom pick up a book set in the 60's because they are always so loaded with sermons and guilt trips. This book is different. It is beautifully constructed, and it doesn't contain a single boring moment. It is an authentic story that seemed as real as my own life during the 60s. I was about the same age as Skeeter during that period, and our family had a maid. Maybe that's why I relate to so much of the story. More than most books, the dawning of the civil rights movement is portrayed as subtle and personal. People from any time or place will be drawn into this story of several brave women who had the courage to do what few people could ever do. I hope more books follow by this author with the same heart as this one.
This book was by far the best I'd every listened to! I tried to stretch it out to make it last longer, but found it hard to stop. The narraters made each character come to life and seem as real as though they're standing next to me. I think I'm ruined now for ordinary books.
The book was very well written and I loved the way it ended. Can't wait for another read from Kathryn Stockett!
~Debbie from Nova Scotia
At first I did not care for the speaker, as the story unfolded, each speaker made the story come alive, and did caputure the bitter sweetness of this book. I enjoyed this read! and would highly recomenend it!
I felt like I was in the living room with these characters. Not only is it a well written book, but the narrators did their parts so well I felt I knew them. I hope Kathryn Stockett is planning a sequel. I want to spend more time with the characters I got to know so well. I got a glimpse into a time I was growing up that gave me insights I never had before. Well done, flawlessly narrated.
I really am enjoying this book. Just downloading the third part now. Unique subject - the lives of black maids working in wealthy white households during the civil rights movement describing the sensitive and, at times, moving relationships they have with their white employers. I adore all the characters, expecially Minnie. I am always a big fan of well narrated books, and this book is very well done. Bravo readers!
Enjoyed this book immensely. Fell in love with the characters, whose personalities were enhanced by the artful work of the narrators. Great story, kept moving, didn't lost my interest once. Loved it and would highly recommend - a great summer book.
Having grown up in similar circumstances I so wish this book had been around when my parents needed the "mirror" that the story provides, held up to them. "The Help" was fun and painfully sad, it took me back to a not so innocent era. This is not your typical southern girl book, but a work of art.
I hated for it to end!
In four years I have never reviewed a book, but this book was so good, that I must. The characters had so much depth and the plot riveting. The readers were really point on, adding so much to the story. It so portrays an often overlooked segment of society during such a pivotal time. I did not want the story to end.
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