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)
Audio was excellent using different narrators. Moving story describing the times of the 60's and 70's in the south. One person can make a difference.
you absolutely must hear/read this. Hearing it certainly rings it home, but that would take alot of hours on the road and I had that great fortune. If you are at least 50 years old - it will have greater meaning than you will expect. You will have known the characters and you will be surprised how many mothers of friends you will recognize!
Say something about yourself!
I did not think I would like this book. Just not my kind of story but seeing all the reviews I took my chances. I LOVED IT. I cried, laughed, wondered did we really treat people of a different color this way. I rooted for the good guys and hoped like hell Hilley and her bitches would get what was coming. Awesome Book!!!!
Life is Good!
Kathryn Stockett gives us an enlightening (and often hilarious, believe it or not) look at racism in 1960's Mississippi through the eyes of 2 perspicacious black maids working for their privileged, socially-correct "white ladies". But we soon recognize that the real women of substance are, indeed, "the help". I loved the richly-developed characters and the pitch-perfect voices of the 4 readers who portrayed them. At the end, I just didn't want to say goodbye.
A book about a book that will make you laugh and cry and think. Engaging characters and a great story. I couldn't turn it off.
This was a GREAT listen - not only is the book written beautifully, the narrators are extremely talented women, and a joy to listen to. Their voices fit the characters perfectly! Very well done! I recommend whole-heartedly!
I won't repeat all the praise others have written, except to say this is one of the best audiobooks I've purchased. The story and the narrators are absolutely captivating.
This book is so incredibly addicting, narrated in pitch perfect accents - the well written tale sucks you in right from the beginning. Reminds me quite a bit of The Secret Life of Bees and one of the narrators worked on that audio book as well. This is by far the best use of a credit ever, I cannot wait for Kathyn Sockett to write her next novel. Amazing that this kind of authenticity could come from a white woman, albeit one that lived in the South. Bravo!!
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