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)
This was a good, pretty engrossing read, but it was definately not one of my favorite audiobooks. It could have been that my expectations were too high (given the effuse praise on this site), or that I have been listening to almost solely the classics, but I found that The Help lacked some depth and could not always sustain my interest. If I could recommend other books which are both engaging and have more substance I'd suggest Atlas Shrugged, The Count of Monte Cristo, or Kafka on the Shore.
Didn't think I was going to like it as much as everyone else, but got pulled in on a long trip and hardly said a word to my travel companions for two days! Characters will stay with you and will open minds to the "difference" between people of different races. Well worth the time, you'll love it!
Absolutely the best audio book I have listened to in the past 3 years. The multiple voices contribute to the feeling that you are right there living in Jackson, Miss. and watching it unfold. It was entrancing- I looked for opportunties to listen to it as often as possible!
This most engaging story had me absolutely captivated from beginning to end. The characters are unique, endearing, fallible and hilarious. They quietly address the most difficult issues of race from trapped places but still manage to keep their hearts and sense of humour no matter how impossible the odds. An additionally surprising benefit to this book is the collection of cleaning tips that weave through the stories of Black maids and their relationship with a struggling White woman writer in Southern USA at the time of Martin Luther King Jr. Before this book,I would never have thought housework and child care could be so charming, funny, racked with life threatening tensions and momentous decisions. The way the maids quietly teach fairness, equity and truth to the children in their charge and the very real interpersonal and political dilemmas all the characters face in this book as they strive to make connections across racial prejudice are all the more significant when placed in the context of washing dishes and toilet training...
This is one of the most entertaining Audiobooks I have ever listened to. Beautifully written and narrated! I anxiously await Kathryn Stockett's next offering.
This book is wonderful! The women are all well-written and completely believable. The narrative flows quickly and easily. I, too, hated to see it end. I also think the narration was superb. Being from the South, I hate fake accents, but these were all great. Thank you, Ms. Stockett!
This book was delicious from beginning to end. I couldn't stop listening to it. The characters were so realistic, I felt like I was watching a beautiful movie in my head! I don't think I could have made it come alive the way the narrators did had I read it. This book was just amazing! I hope Kathryn Stockett has more just like it!
I'm picky about audiobooks, but this one was awesome. The narration was perfect, the writing was wonderful, and I was sad to see the story end. I DEFINITELY recommend, especially to people who love history.
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