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)
Overt American racism in the guise of Jim Crow laws existed in my lifetime (I'm old, but not that old). It still blows my mind! This book gives us a window on that relatively recent time and place. Well written. Excellent narration. I felt like I was there.
I agree that this book is superb. The characters were richly drawn and deeply developed yet even the darkest of them one can have compassion for. The storyline is such a wonderful weaving of the events in the deep south during the early 60's, interlocking both the white and black point of view. I love that it is all from womens' point of view, which gives the book an empathy one would not find with major male characters. I really wanted a volume two of this book, I hated for it to end. I've been recommending it to everyone I know, especially if you grew up in the 50's or 60's, no matter where in the US you lived, civil rights affected you as did the events of that era and this book touches upon it all. If you grew up after that era and you only know of the Civil Rights Movement through historical study, reading this book is a great way to get a feel for what civil rights is all about.
I selected this audiobook based on reviews from other listeners and believe me, I enjoyed every bit of it! The narrators transport the listener to Mississippi as ripples of the Civil Rights Movement challenge the current relationship between blacks and whites in the early 1970s.
I was taken from the very first word, into a South we've not heard from for decades but a South that echoes in our past, our mother's and grand mother's pasts. We read The Help as a book club selection, but will recommend it as required reading for those who don't recall, but should understand.
I've been downloading audio books from Audible since 1998 and I believe this may be the finest I've ever listened to. I agree with all of the glowing reviews and am thankful that I found this book while browsing around Audible's website. It's a tribute to the author and the narrators that, although the book is set in a very turbulent and disturbing time in our history, I did not not want the book to end. I hated to depart from the lives of the characters. The narration is simply incredible and I believe I would not have been as affected by the book had I read it rather than listened to it.
I really enjoyed the development of the characters, the timeperiod backdrop, and the story. Some wonderfully surprising twists kept it very interesting. I loved all of the characters, even the hateful ones. I would love to see a sequel about how some of the lives continued to evolve.
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