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)
This was an excellent book. Sometimes we tend to forget how nasty race relations were in the past. This book is a cold reminder of how shameful our (whites) attitudes and actions were not too many years ago. I know we still don't live in a perfect world, but it's good to take a look back that we will continue to strive for a better society. It was well done and the readers were excellent.
At the top of my list of annoyances in life is spending good money on a book that I end up not enjoying. This means I spend a lot of time agonizing over the books I do download, reading reviews and surfing the net for top 10 books lists.
Help was a good one that kept me listening. The main characters are well rounded and believable. The multiple narrators helped to keep the women's stories apart, and told a riveting tale of three women who's lives became intertwined during a turbulent time. The story takes place in the early days of the Civil Rights movement and involve three brave women, one white and two blacks, who, despite grave danger to themselves, come together to do their part in helping to right the wrongs infliced upon black domestics by their white employers.
A good book, worth the download!
Listening to this book was definitely a high point of my summer. I was drawn in by compelling,identifiable characters that I wanted to learn more about.
Some books amuse, others inform. But every once in a while you come across a book that gets inside you, picks you up, and then sets you down in a different place. This is that kind of book. It will get you thinking about human relations--not just race or class relations--for a long time. The characters are complex, the plot is terrific, and the narration of this audiobook is superb.
I had to actually buy the hardback to give to my daughter.. I was born in 1955 and I remember having black Help and babysitters in Atlanta. My wonderful Grandmother had her ideas and my mother balked and taught me different. This book took me home and I wish I could go back and make the changes that needed to be done. Loved it. Will listen again and again.
An entertaining story full of history and emotion, this book kept me listening. Great narration, colorful characters, I found myself looking forward to my workouts because of this book. Bravo!
I got completely lost in this book on my commute for work. I even drove around on my lunch hour just so I could hear more!
I loved this book and the characters so much that when it ended I wanted to know what became of them...it was that real! Problem is...now I don't know what to listen to next, I can't imagine anything being as rewarding.
The three talented narrators really make this book. Their distinct voices make it very clear whose story is being told. To me The Help is perfect for an audiobook - interesting story, well-written, but not so crazily complex that I need to rewind if I miss a little detail. And I escaped into that world when I listened. Loved it.
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