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)
Wow, what a great story--I did not want it to end. I feel as though I know Skeeter and Minnie, Miss Celia an the rest of the characters personally. What a wonderful story Kathryn has written, and the readers: Cassandra, Jenna, Octavia, and Bahni--if there is an Award Ceremony for Readers--these 3 women should each get an Oscar! Thanks to all of you for such a great story and great entertainment.
I will be watching for Kathryn's next book with much anticipation!!
I usually do not make the time to rate things, but I absolutely LOVED "The Help". It was a delightful book, read by very talented readers.
I totally enjoyed it!
wow, i can honestly say this book will ruin you for a while - i think that Audible should honestly think twice about having it as a choice...it is so good (and the narration is so incredible) that i can't find myself listening to anything else for a while...it has been 2 weeks since i finished it and have tried 4 other books and really can't get into them because i miss this one so much and nothing has been able to touch it...everyone should either read or, better yet, listen to this book right now!
This has got to be the best audio book I've experienced in the past 4 years. I spent 12 hours in the car recently, and the trip flashed by while I was totally transported by this engaging, heartwarming saga. The voices were perfect, the imagery vivid, and the characters like close friends. Absolutely loved it! I'm hoping for a sequel.
I've listened to more audiobooks than I care to admit and this is definitely one of the best I have ever listened to!
The narration and story were both so engrossing that I would take the long way home from work, just so I could listen a little bit longer. The characters were so well developed that I felt as though I knew Miss Skeeter, Abilene, and Minny personally. I have recommended this book to many friends and family members in the hopes that they will also find this book as wonderful as I did.
As soon as I finished listening, I wanted to start all over again! Being in the kitchen and homes with these remarkable women made me miss them thoroughly the moment the book ended. The absolutely pitch perfect narration gives the texture and voice this wonderful story deserves. Having grown up in the South during the period described, it is amazing to find that a woman the author's age has such striking insight into the conflicting emotions and attitudes of the women of that time. I can't wait for Ms. Stockett to tell us another marvelous tale! In the meantime, this story remains on my iPhone so I can listen again and again.
This was a great book from start to finish. The production and readers did a fabulous job. My only complaint was that I did not want it to end.
This book has a very interesting plot and brings to light the unbelievable lives of these women (both black and white) in Mississippi in the 1960's. But, to experience the fabulous narration of the characters was a genuine pleasure!!
Highly recommend this story!
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