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)
I love the advantage of having the book version performed for me. It's like a movie, but it's the book and the book is always better then the movie. I love the fact that I can read while I clean, drive and work(on Saturdays when alone in the office).
All the characters. They were all, everyone, wonderful!
The revelation of the pie!
Ever wondered what would happen if the walls could talk? Now you'll know and they are telling everyone. :)
I love this book. The portrayal is wonderful, I would rather listen to this book again than watch the movie.
This is an excellent story, with excellent characters. The narration was wonderful. I usually only listen to audio books in my car, but I really looked forward to listening to this.
I cannot pick a favorite character. I loved them all. Of course, Miss Skeeter's coming of age type tale was wonderful, but all of the maids were wonderful too. The author takes you on a journey of empowerment with each woman. You love each one of them as you come to understand their history, struggles, and the incredible amount of courage they each have and the sacrifices they each make. The movie leaves out so much of the character development which is so rich in this book. I especially loved the relationship between Minny and Miss Celia.
All of the narrators were exceptional. Their authenticity was captivating and added to my ability to connect emotionally to each of the characters.
I would love to go to dinner with Aibileen. She has such strength and kindness. I would hope her patience and wisdom would rub off on me. However, a night out with all the women would be wonderful, as the honesty of each character would make for truly entertaining dinner conversation.
Even if you saw the movie, read the book. I found them to be very different experiences. In the film I found Skeeter to be depicted as more of a rebel; whereas, the book describes a sweet, demure girl who wants to fit in, but sacrifices everything that means most to her for an opportunity to be an honest journalist with an important truth to tell. The movie is cute and fun, but I was sad to see the depths of the stories including Stuart, Miss Celia and Johnny cut short. As I followed the narrators through the book I found myself laughing, rooting for each of the characters, and even crying at times.
Mini - She speaks her mind.
Different voices. There are several actors used to depict the different voices.
This book is read by fantastic actors with regional accents who bring the book to life and give it a real sense of place.
Absolutely! I listen during my commute to work and find myself taking the
The emotional performances by the actors/readers.
I liked the multiple narrators - it helped me get into the story and the action felt more real.
I enjoy so many of the characters, this is difficult to answer. Probably Celia, because I think she could use a friend in town.
The Help is true, heart-breaking and hilarious.
The best thing about this story to me, was the truth behind the smiling faces. I actually grew up in this Southern atmosphere and sadly still know of towns that underneath the facade of tolerance, the racism still runs deep. It is still extremely relevant.
The narrators bring the flavor of the South to life. You can actually SEE them from their voices, along with the pain, humiliation, and great humor.
One of the more memorable moments in the book was when a lady who had cared for children all of her life, had to walk away from a crying (bereft) white child because she had been fired for nothing. She LOVED those children, and knew she had no choice but to walk away. As she had so many times before.
The Help should be a must read in High School in conjunction with history. Our younger generations can't understand why African-Americans feel the way they do about our white culture. It seems this book could enlighten students of all races.
As a child growing up in the south during these turbulent times this book fairly shows both sides. I thank God with each passing generation, the racial lines become even more blurred. My hat's of the the author .... bravo, bravo bravo!
I had to listen to it a second time and I enjoyed just as much as the first time I listened to it. I cannot wait to see what the author writes next.
I really enjoyed this listen. Cute, endearing, agrivating at times - the characters are convincing and interesting. The ending however I found disappointing and very dull SPOILER ALERT, would have been nice if we could get stewarts opinion on her book after it came out, and to know that she found love and/or hapiness - seems like she has a promising furture ahead, but the ending is just so blah.
I imagine this is still a great book to read, but if you have the choice, listen. It's fantastic.
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