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 loved this book from the moment I started listening. It is well read and is both funny and serious. I did not want it to end. If you liked The Secret Life of Bees, you will love this too.
I loved this book! It was such a great read. The narration was so good as well. I didn't want it to end and just enjoyed the characters so much.
I loved every minute of this book. The book, itself, is wonderful. The reading of it perfect. It was like watching a long, beautiful movie in your head.
I've never written a review before but this book needs to be praised. I finished it today and was
a little sad that it came to an end. I loved the characters and was enthralled by their stories. I have recommended this book to everyone. A wonderful listen!
This book is one of my new favorites. It's wonderfully narrated and a real eye opener to the way of things in the deep south in the early 60's. Although I'm not from the South, I found myself identifying with the era. I was born in 1961 and found it interesting to think about this time while listening to the book. It's a touching story about women and friendship. I highly recommend it!
Having grown up 180 degrees from the setting of this book (and decades later), this was an eye opening book. The characters were human, the story flowed and was well written. I sat in my car not wanting to stop listening! I still wonder what happened to Abaleen and Minnie? Did Skeeter find happiness in NYC? Loved the book!!
I did not want this one to end. The character development is masterful. The plot is slow to development, and the beauty of this book is found in the depth of the characters and their insights.
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