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 is a well-written, beautifully-read, amazing and entertaining book. I didn't want it to end.
Read it - everybody!
I read / listen to tons of books, but not many that are memorable. I listened to this one over the course of several long car trips, just finished it yesterday. Laughed and cried all in the same trip! The narrarators are great, acting more than reading, and the author did such a good job with the characters that they really come alive.
this was a great listen. It explored the race relations in the 60's from both sides. I laughed at loud at some of Minnies antics and descriptions. For instance "it looked like a chicken coop on fire." and "she's so country corn is growing out of her shoes." Other revelations made you want to cry and are timeless such as the beatings Minnie just accepted from her spouse for so long and Miss Celia's repetitive miscarriages.
The different readers with their distinct voices and accents made each character really come alive for me.
I read and listen to dozens of books a year. This one ranks among my all time favorites. The only thing I didn't like about it was that it ended.
The narration was mesmerizing. I was 7 years old in 1962, when the book began, so even though I did not grow up in the south, I remember many of the cultural and historical references. (Almost all women were homemakers, trying to look like Jackie Kennedy with cigarettes hanging out of their mouth, the first color TV I ever saw, when short skirts were shocking, listening to Bob Dylan) I had just listened to Dick Gregory's Callous on My Soul and heard his perspective on the civil rights movement so this novel dovetailed nicely with his historical accounts. Gregory was a civil rights activist and close personal friend of Medgar Evers.
I have listened to this several times now. The narration is awesome, it brings the book to life , it will make you laugh and cry , mad . The movie didn't do it justice
I knew nothing of this book when I rushed to download it for a long road trip. But the high ratings inspired me to buy it. I just finished listening to the first 1/3 of the book and am swept away by the brilliant reading, the rich prose, and characters so real that I feel like I'm somehow in the story. I want to be friends with these women - converse with them - explore and wonder with them. It will take your breath away.
Absolutely loved this book! The readers are perfect and brought this truly important story to life. I read it and listened to it and it was so easy to visualize Kathryn Stockett's wonderful women. I have recommended it to all of my friends.
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