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 book is so incredibly addicting, narrated in pitch perfect accents - the well written tale sucks you in right from the beginning. Reminds me quite a bit of The Secret Life of Bees and one of the narrators worked on that audio book as well. This is by far the best use of a credit ever, I cannot wait for Kathyn Sockett to write her next novel. Amazing that this kind of authenticity could come from a white woman, albeit one that lived in the South. Bravo!!
This ranks among the top audio-books I've listened too, and I've been a member of audible for years. Excellent writing, story, and characters. The narration was perfect and added so much to the story.
This book was great. The characters were well-developed and the narrators really did well with the different characters. I did not want the story to end and hope there will be a sequel!
I was touched, moved, entertained, enthralled with this book I've been tempted to buy it for every person I know (instead, I'll highly recommend it to everyone I know!). I laughed out loud (mostly at Minnie), seethed with anger(mostly at Hillie), was uplifted by Abelene's faith and courage, and encouraged by Eugenia's self-discovery. I lived with these characters and now I miss them terribly!
I think I enjoyed this book more on audio because of the skill of the narrarators. The book is excellently written, but I could not have provided the voices like the audio book.
I can't recall ever listening to a better book. The narration was amazing. I felt like I knew the characters and could even imagine them in their daily lives. I wish I had the money to make this into a movie. One of the best books ever and I recommended it to a friend who also loved it. I was sad when this one ended because I wanted the story to just keep on going.
This is one of the rare books that you listen to and you are truly sad when it ends. The writing is sharp, painful, funny - and the narration brings Stockett's wonderfully developed characters into your car, home, or where ever you choose to listen to this great work.
This is a wonderful book. Well written and read. It gives you a glimpse into another time and another world. Knowing that things have changed from the time in this book to now gives me hope for the future.
I laughed, cried and was drawn in my Stockett's simple, but vivid descriptions. She has woven a complex thread through a volatile and moving time in our history. What a GREAT read.
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