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The Help

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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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    aerlys Bellevue, WA USA 09-19-09
    aerlys Bellevue, WA USA 09-19-09 Member Since 2016

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    "One of the best I've listened to"

    This ranks among the top audio-books I've listened too, and I've been a member of audible for years. Excellent writing, story, and characters. The narration was perfect and added so much to the story.

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    Jennifer Gainesville, GA, USA 09-19-09
    Jennifer Gainesville, GA, USA 09-19-09 Member Since 2016
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    "Great narrators"

    This book was great. The characters were well-developed and the narrators really did well with the different characters. I did not want the story to end and hope there will be a sequel!

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    Connie 09-19-09
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    "The best in a long long time"

    I was touched, moved, entertained, enthralled with this book I've been tempted to buy it for every person I know (instead, I'll highly recommend it to everyone I know!). I laughed out loud (mostly at Minnie), seethed with anger(mostly at Hillie), was uplifted by Abelene's faith and courage, and encouraged by Eugenia's self-discovery. I lived with these characters and now I miss them terribly!

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    Georgia Macon, Gabon 09-18-09
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    "Incredible!!!!!"

    I think I enjoyed this book more on audio because of the skill of the narrarators. The book is excellently written, but I could not have provided the voices like the audio book.
    Must read

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    Carol East Hartford, CT, USA 09-18-09
    Carol East Hartford, CT, USA 09-18-09 Member Since 2002
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    "I did not want this to end"

    I can't recall ever listening to a better book. The narration was amazing. I felt like I knew the characters and could even imagine them in their daily lives. I wish I had the money to make this into a movie. One of the best books ever and I recommended it to a friend who also loved it. I was sad when this one ended because I wanted the story to just keep on going.

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    "The Help"

    This is one of the rare books that you listen to and you are truly sad when it ends. The writing is sharp, painful, funny - and the narration brings Stockett's wonderfully developed characters into your car, home, or where ever you choose to listen to this great work.

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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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    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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