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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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    Kay Claremore, OK, USA 08-23-09
    Kay Claremore, OK, USA 08-23-09
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    Beautiful characters and relationships. The readers were also very good and added greatly to the text. I truly enjoyed this one.

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    Kathleen Enid, OK, United States 08-23-09
    Kathleen Enid, OK, United States 08-23-09 Member Since 2015

    Just someone who likes a little bit of everything but mostly Sci-Fi/fantasy & Mystery Thrillers. I love Audiobooks because it makes whatever project I'm working on a little more enjoyable. I only wish I could leave reviews on books that I didn't get from Audible..I need another tb....

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    "Great Characters!"

    Whether I'm listening to my I-pod at home or in the store i was guaranteed to get odd looks when i broke out laughing at something said by one of these characters. They were wonderful! The narrators brought these ladies to life and the accents where on the mark. This is one of those that really would make a great movie. Although i won't hold my breath, no sex, murder or aliens. Just a great story!

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    nnp2011 Indiana 08-23-09
    nnp2011 Indiana 08-23-09 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellently written and performed!"

    Excellent story and historically accurate on all accounts.

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    Kathleen 08-22-09
    Kathleen 08-22-09
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    "Simply an amazing book/audiobook"

    I am an avid reader and audiobook listener. I have never enjoyed an audiobook as much as this one. The narrators of the book (4 in total) did a magnificent job. The author wrote a beautiful book. This is the book my thirteen year old daughter should read over the summer, not the standard dribble that her school requires.

    YOU WILL NOT REGRET BUYING THIS BOOK.

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    Judy Spokane, WA, USA 08-22-09
    Judy Spokane, WA, USA 08-22-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Simply-Loved it."

    Enjoyable book and a wonderfully woven story. Easy to listen to with wonderful narration. Didn't want to take a break from listening to it.

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    Sue Anderson 08-21-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Great portrayal of the time"

    The portrayals could not have been better. I loved listening to the black servants talk about their daily lives. Emotionally gripping.

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    Gerald Terryville, CT, United States 08-21-09
    Gerald Terryville, CT, United States 08-21-09
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    "The Help"

    I enjoyed this book. The characters evolve and keep your interest. Great narraters, very well done.

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    Janet LAKE FOREST, CA, United States 08-21-09
    Janet LAKE FOREST, CA, United States 08-21-09 Member Since 2010
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    "loved it!"

    I usually don't listen to books quite this "feminine"-I mostly listen to politcal/historical stuff, but I loved this book, I couldn't get enough. I would drive anywhere just to listen and then sit in the driveway and listen some more. Riveting, thought provoking and moving.

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    Katharine boston, MA, USA 08-20-09
    Katharine boston, MA, USA 08-20-09
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    "AMAZING"

    I am not even certain I LIKE listening to books instead of reading them - but this one made me stop my life and do NOTHING but listen until it was done. The voices are superb, the characters are fascinating. I think I miss them in my life - and truly, I might listen to the whole thing again. This was the best use of my audible points - you HAVE to get it for yourself!

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    M. Thompson 08-20-09
    M. Thompson 08-20-09
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    "Sad for it to end"

    Story: excellent
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    Can't say enough good about this book. I hope we get more from Kathryn Stockett.

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