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)
Insight to the lives of the South. Totally eye opening since I live in the West and have never experienced the situations. Enjoyed listening.
I had heard this was a great read but I believe it is a much greater listen. The voices of each character just reached me and I have had a hard time "getting into" another book. The story they all had to tell was made even more heart wrenching given that it is based on events that took place in my lifetime. Just jaw dropping.
This is such a great audio book. The narrators are fantastic. This was one of those books I didn't want to end.
All of the characters have such depth, you find yourself feeling like you know them personally.
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.
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