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)
This was one of the best audio books I have enjoyed, I found myself extending my walking time simply because I couldn't stop listening to these wonderful woman and their story.
I have listened to over 100 books through audible and this is the first one I felt compelled to review. I have recommended it to everyone I know. The narration was outstanding. Story was moving. Do not miss this one.
We all want a great story, well written/told and exceptionally narrated. This book has it all! I listened to all three parts without stopping. Thankfully, I had the time, but I don't know what I would have done if I hadn't -- probably a sick day!
The context of the story is important, but the voices presented by the author are so personal and compelling. This novel breathes life into a world we can all hope has passed -- black women who worked in wealthy homes in the South.
I will never forget this book and its exceptional narration.
I was so pleasantly surprised when I heard the second narrator come out of no where. I felt completely involved in their stories. The narration made me feel like I was listening to a friend. The author's vision of the deep south in the 60's made me feel happy, angry, agitated, hopeful and excited all in one moment. Excellent! I would highly recommend this novel.
Queen of UTEE
Couldn't stop listening to it. the narration was incredible. the story was incredible. The storytelling was incredible.
best book of 2009 IMHO
Wish there was a sequel.
Set in the early 60's, this book takes you into the racial discrimination and the struggle of civil rights in Jackson, Mississippi. The message is in the interactions and interviews of what it was like for a black woman to work in a white woman's world, and the bravery of those who tried to create change. The book was well researched and includes events that happened during those trying times. I highly recommend this book to those of you who want to open your eyes and reflect on how hard change can be, but how much kindness makes it all worthwhile.
One of the best books I have read or heard this year. Wonderfully narrated and written. It is not a thrill a minute mystery, but you get thoroughly caught up in the characters and you don't want to stop listening. Personally, I think this book should be required reading for any course on race relations or the history of the civil rights movement.
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