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)
Good story and a picture of life in that time that few who were not there could imagine. I loved the characters but sometimes had trouble distinguishing which of the three readers (Characters) was talking.
In the last three months I have listened to six audible books and this by far was my favorite! The reading is wonderful and makes the characters come to life. I miss all of them now that the book is over.
I really enjoyed listening to this story. All the characters (and voices) were great. I really did not want it to end.
couldn't wait to get back in the car and listen to more. I agree with the prior review. The narrators were excellent and made this book even more engaging.
Excellent story. Readers voices were a pleasure to listen to. I would definitely recommend it! It leaves itself open to a great sequel!
Highly recommended. I was sad to see the book end. Tears and laughter... what more can a person ask for?
The BEST! THE Best! THE BEST! No matter how you say it, this is the most enjoyable, most moving, most touching, most heartrending book I've encountered.
Please re-read that first sentence for the narration also!
A stunning, 10 star event. All who participated were nothing short of excellent!
I loved the characters, and the story was well told in an interesting changing voice and point of view format. The deeply-woven fabric of inter-racial relationships ring true.. I grew up in the south in the 50s and 60s and Stockett was right on the mark. These women of every sort will charm you.
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