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)
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!
This first time novelist has hit a home run with this book... the narrators of the book on the audible version just enrich this already fabulous book. The women in the book are from all walks of life and give everyone a taste of life in the deep south in early 1960s.
A well written story that examines a topic that is at first, painful, but then peals off many layers to show the complex and conflicting relationships among these women. It is also witty and charming. The narration is the best I have ever heard. Once I got into the story, I could not stop listening. Compelling.
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.
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!!!
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.
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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