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)
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this book!!! I kept stopping listening at the end so it wouldn't end!!! And listening to this one is the best! The voices of the women is fantastic! This has been the highest rated book by our bookclub. Half of the women actually grew up like the characters in the book. Some had the same silver patters and hairspray!!! So made for very interesting discussions from a variety of backgrounds! Get it, get it, get it...it's a must listen! Lynn
Every once in awhile the perfect combination of book and narration comes along, this is one of those times. Kathryn Stockett's touching novel will stay with you long after it's over. A work of art.
The story was excellent. It captured the angst, fear, and hatred as well as the bravery and love that was such a big part of 1960's Mississippi. It was an emotional roller-coaster. I laughed out-loud and cried along with the characters. The reading was also excellent. It was like listening to a play. I would DEFINITELY recommend it.
I have difficulty finding interesting books that my 11 year-old can listen to as well. This book was very entertaining and a great history lesson for her at the same time. We loved it!
I loved this book. The characters are well developed and the readers are great. It examines women of the South in the early 60's from two different perspectives - the maids and their employers. It brings in the historical climate of the time without getting bogged down in historical facts. I expect to revisit this book for another listen in the future.
This is one of my first downloads. I didn't want this one to end. The narration was wonderful too. You will not be disappointed with this one! I'm looking forward to Kathryn Stockett's next novel.
I enjoyed this book so much, I didn't want it to end. The narrators were perfect! Very enjoyable to listen to. Only the ending was left open. Hopefully there will be a sequel.
Each of the characters was distinguished from the others through description and the fabulous reading. By the end of the book, I felt that I was closing a portion of my own life. The message that I got from the book was that small gestures of understanding can heal each of us.
...for writing one of the finest novels I have had the opportunity to read/hear.
This book may very well become an important contribution to American literature. Congratulations!!
The narration was excellent, the story was always keeping me in suspense. There were times I felt embarassed to be a white woman. A wonderful story of secret friendships and fighting for whats right!
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