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The Help

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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"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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    Jeanne Burns MINNEAPOLIS, MN, US 09-13-09
    Jeanne Burns MINNEAPOLIS, MN, US 09-13-09 Member Since 2015
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    "Spot-on"

    Great narration for a well-told story. The readers were spot-on for their characters--I haven't heard a better narration in the hundreds of books I've listened to. The characters are complex and the story compelling and surprising.

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    Robert Colonial Beach, VA, USA 09-12-09
    Robert Colonial Beach, VA, USA 09-12-09 Member Since 2006
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    "I've recommended this book to many friends!"

    I absolutely loved this book. I can't wait to hear more from Kathryn Stockett. The narrators were excellent and I enjoyed their accents tremendously. I recommend this book to anyone who is on the fence. I laughed and cried many times. I got to the point where I wished it were longer!!!

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    Maggie 09-12-09
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    "the most incredible book"

    I have never supplied a book review but this book is so good that it must be lauded as much as possible. I cannot add much to the rest of the postings here except to say that the audible version of this book (along with Jim Dale's readings of the Harry Potter series) is the epitome of what audible can do for a book. Congratulations to Penguin for a masterful rendition.

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    Robert Agua Dulce, CA, USA 09-12-09
    Robert Agua Dulce, CA, USA 09-12-09
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    "Heartbreaking Reminder"

    I can see why this book has remained on the best seller list for more than a year. It is a gruesome and heartbreaking reminder of the stain the South and religion has made (and is continuing to make) on our country. I would give this book 6 stars if I could. A must read.

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    Joyce McDonough, GA, USA 09-11-09
    Joyce McDonough, GA, USA 09-11-09
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    "Great book!"

    I'm almost to the end of this audiobook and it has been delightful. The narrators did a great job with the Southern dialect and the story is truly entertaining. I can't wait to see how it ends!

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    Joan 09-11-09
    Joan 09-11-09
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    "Excellent narration"

    The story was very enjoyable and the narration kept me listening far longer than I intended. Set in the beginning of the civil rights movement, this story helped to see a bit of the everyday courage it took to live during those times. Very well written and excellently read.

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    Melanie Barrington, NH, USA 09-11-09
    Melanie Barrington, NH, USA 09-11-09
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    "Adored it!"

    This was an amazing story, and the narration helped to make this audiobook extra special. I chose it because it was rated so high amongst other audible listeners, and I am so happy I did! A+++

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    amy kadolph 09-11-09
    amy kadolph 09-11-09 Member Since 2016
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    "The Help"

    Great book. Enjoyed the characters.

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    Kristy Fort Worth, TX, United States 09-10-09
    Kristy Fort Worth, TX, United States 09-10-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Awesome!"

    I definitely recommend this book. The narrators were very authentic sounding, and having so many character's voices made it much more enjoyable to listen to. I couldn't wait to hear what was going to happen next, the story was captivating. I think the author did a great job letting us into the lives of the "colored people", as well as Eugenia's perspective of a very frustrating and unfair time in history.

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    Sarah Franklin, TN, USA 09-10-09
    Sarah Franklin, TN, USA 09-10-09 Member Since 2014
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    "wonderful readers"

    Hearing the different voices read the various characters was wonderful. i'm sorry my friends who would "rather read the book" missed out on the dialects and warmth of the voices.

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