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)
The Help is the kind of Audiobook that you can't wait to get in the car to hear. Using 3 different voices for 3 different characters really makes you feel like you are in the South. I've recommended this book to many people.
Very good writing and narration.
Tells the "other side of the story"
What it was (is?) like to be a black maid for white families in the South, and the repercussions of speaking out about the truth of their treatment.
Absolutely wonderful book that is exquisitely read. I married a Southern women, although one more contemporary than those portrayed here, yet I see much of her and her family woven in this tale. I just loved this book.
I've listened to several books on tape - this one was excellent. The women that read the story are fantastic - the views from the different women's perspectives are portrayed well, and issues are addressed with humor and satisfaction. This will make a great movie. I recommend this book.
I cant begin to say how great this book was. The characters were superb, the story line was great and it kept me wanting more. I couldnt put it down. My favorite audio book to date!
I have found that I really love stories told in multiple voices, and this one is a perfect example of why that style works.
The book's summary didn't entice me, but the rave reviews did, although, as a born-and-bred Southerner, I was still a little dubious - I thought it might be insulting, self-righteous or just silly. However, I found the story engaging and plausible, and the characters quite likable. And the readers! Their voices were warm and caring, feisty and funny, heartbreaking and sincere.
To a "Grits" (girl raised in the South) like me, the attitudes depicted rang true. I remember when my grandmother had a toilet installed in her basement for her maid, whom she really "loved", but whose wastes she honestly believed might be hazardous to her health! These beliefs were so deeply ingrained through generations, I'm just glad that there were a few intelligent, caring and BRAVE people down here who were willing to take the risks that these women took. And now we have a black president - AND racial profiling all at the same time - at least that shows SOME progress, even though racism is FAR from over!
I just finished this book and loved it! The story was great and the narration was very easy on the ears. You will NOT be disappointed.
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