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 book was absolutely wonderful! I haven't read one so good in years. I didn't want it to end, yet I didn't want to turn it off. I hope to see more books by Ms. Stockett in the future.
Wonderful characters, compelling and beautiful story!
The narration from all the actors was superb. I felt like I really knew these characters and loved them. And the actual story and the way it's written is wonderful and inspiring.
There are too many to choose from, there really are. There were moments when I was so involved with the story that i stood with my hand over my mouth gasping at something, or actually talked back or commented on what was happening, as if the readers were right there with me telling me the story!
Abilene, because she is the BEST.
LOVED it! I will miss those characters. I want a second book!
Funny, sad, thought provoking all in one. This book really opened my eyes to how sheltered I was growing up in California. But what was interesting, was this story made me really look at how I deal with all people. How unawared and presumptious I can be sometimes. It made me take a look at myself. I hope that if and when a challenge arises, I can be as brave as some of these women were.
The characters were so real. Many were like people I know.
Miss Celia. She was a nice person.
Audible Newbie! But lovin' it! What a Godsend! I now have the time (and desire) to read a good book!
This was an excellent story of struggle, strength and ultimate success. Although classified as fiction, it depicts real life stories of what individuals faced (and are still facing to some degree) in everyday life in the south back in the 60's. But the best part is how creatively the characters are depicted as they worked together to overcome the oppression they had grown accustom to, but longed (and worked even harder) to escape.
Favorite Character - Minnie...so real, so complex, so...Minnie
If I could take one of the characters from the book out to dinner, it would be Abeline...she was such a woman of quiet strength and dignity...even in the face of Oppression...aka Hilly Hollbrook.
Abeline is the type of woman from whom you could learn valuable life lessons, just by sitting across the table from her having
My first Audible read...I'm hooked!
The one thing that really makes this book stand out is the people who narrate the books chapters. If feels like you are in the very room listening to these women's darkest secrets.
The comedy in the middle of the drama helped to keep the emotion balanced.
YES, this is a work that must be heard first then read
The P Pie incident outside of Mr Johnnie's - why was this excluded from the movie WHY?
I cannot say enough. It makes the entire book for me
The only True salvation for these white folks (and more importatnly for they babie's) showed up everyday in a white uniform -
Just listen to it
The story is captivating from the start. It is a moving portrayal of the relationship between society ladies and their maids, wrapped up in an engaging and thrilling personal story.
I fought getting this book or audio book ??? wasn???t sure I wanted to relive the mid 60???s again??? but glad I did the audio book. I thoroughly enjoyed all the narrators they were excellent especially evoking the dialect - especially Mini. For a 1st time novel I felt Stockett did a marvelous job of evoking time and place, from the food to the weather to of course the dialect. Being from the North the story was in some aspects an eye opener. I did feel the book was a little longer than it needed to be ??? it got a little tiring about 2/3rds the way through. The ending left me a little hanging ??? I wish Stockett wrapped up Skeeter???s story a little better and what might have happened to the others.
I did enjoy "The Help" and would recommend it to others.
I concur completely with the enthusiastic reviews of this book. It would be a great "read", but the dramatization really does improve the book, bringing out the personalities of the three main narrators. I would call this book "Dickensian" in the best sense of the word.
I've just finished listening to "The help" and I'm thinking....Please, Please, Please, to the Powers that be, do not make this book into a movie. The plot and characters in this book are too developed, complicated and loveable to be compacted into 2 hours of fluff, soda and popcorn. I LOVED IT!!!!!!
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