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 do not normally write reviews, but this book is a must. I went through the gamut of emotions, literally sobbing at some points. Not only out of sadness but happiness too. Just not long enough. I could have listened for 50 more hours.
It made me laugh, it made me cry. It made me worry for the characters-especially for Abeline and Minnie. How could I not know what was happening in the southern part of the United States during the early 1960's?
I knew some of the problems the blacks faced, but this book places me in their minds with their fears of the whites who had the ability to fire them, send them to jail and even to kill them.
How brave, kind and caring they were!
The book is well written and the readers all read their parts with understandable accents.
I would like to see a sequel. I do want to know how the three protagonists fare in the future.
Intriguing, insightful book about women's relationships, religion, & civil rights; Serious subject but absolutely hilarious at times; Waiting for a sequel; What happened to all of these characters? I will never forget them.
This was a wonderful book. I wished it would't have ended. It just makes me sad to see that not so much has changed since the 60's.
I highly recommend this to everyone...and for those who have not turned on to audio yet, I'm buying them the book!
This is the best book I've listened to in a very long time. The narrators help bring the story to life enormously. Entertaining, thought provoking, and inspiring. I won't forget this book for some time.
This was truly a great book, with very real characters, and the narrators were excellent. I've done a review before but wanted to take the time for this books. If you haven't listened to it yet you are missing out!
A fantastic book, beautifully written to make me feel like the characters were part of my life. The readers/actors were brilliant and I am so glad I listened to this one because I would have never been able to hear their unique way of speaking in my head. I had to take a few days of silence after finishing the book to say goodbye. I more than highly recommend this audiobook.
I didn't want it to end. It was so wonderfully narrated with rich voices and the story (and stories within it) were so amazing...that this is the world we used to live in, and in some places, unfortunately, still do.
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