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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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    Dianna More 09-17-09
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    "Wonderful"

    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.

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    "Surprisingly poignant"

    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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    Krista V. Hiddema Toronto 09-17-09
    Krista V. Hiddema Toronto 09-17-09 Listener Since 2009

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    "I wished it wouldn't have ended"

    The best audio presentation I have heard to date!I truly wished there would have been parts 4, 5, and 6, and 7 ... I loved it!!!

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    Ann B. Bass Miami, FL United States 09-17-09
    Ann B. Bass Miami, FL United States 09-17-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Superb!"

    The story and the writing are wonderful. The reading is masterfully done. It is one of the best books I have read in a long time.

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    Cynthia von Hagel 09-17-09 Member Since 2011
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    "Amazing book"

    I lived through part of this time in Georgia and while I found so much of it dead on, I found myself realizing how little I actually knew about what was going on. Very insightful and the characters are all wonderful. Bravo!

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    Sarah Paso Robles, CA, USA 09-17-09
    Sarah Paso Robles, CA, USA 09-17-09 Member Since 2015
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    "You want this book! It is a super listener"

    This might be the best book I have downloaded this year. Great story, adn the characters were so wonderful. Lovable, and smart. there are so many different voices int his book it is really fun to listen to. The author and the narrator do a great job bringing the dialec to life.

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    Ambre Chadds Ford, PA, USA 09-16-09
    Ambre Chadds Ford, PA, USA 09-16-09
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    "I so didn't want it to end, ever :("

    It was a FABULOUS book. I was a crying mess at the end, and wanted to go inside the book and hugs them all (well, not Hilly, really). Being from Europe, I knew very little about the subject of the book, and I was mesmerized. I can't find any better word. The narration for this audiobook was so perfect, I felt like I was sitting at that kitchen table with Aibileen, Skeeter and Minny, listening to them as they were telling me that fantastic, moving story.
    You would be a fool NOT to read this book. I give it 1000 stars, and I can't wait to read it again a few months (maybe in paperback).


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    Sara Santa Cruz, CA, USA 09-16-09
    Sara Santa Cruz, CA, USA 09-16-09 Member Since 2011
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    "Pitch Perfect!"

    Both the writing and the narration are spot on! Enjoy!

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    jo Phila., PA, United States 09-16-09
    jo Phila., PA, United States 09-16-09
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    "more from ms.stockett!!!!"

    this book took me away to a time not so long ago ...i could not get enough ms stocktts writing is mesmerizing ,i want more , i need to know what happens to my characters...please,please,write more ....one word sequel.............you must

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    Dry Camp 09-16-09
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    "Don't Miss This One"

    Of the many great listens I've enjoyed from Audible, this one is at the top! The narration was wonderful. I'm usually very suspicious about this type of book because the characters seem to come across as "whinny", but not here. They are just so real. The writing is beautiful, the language is subtle, not course, and I found that I had slipped into the world of the 1960's south.

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