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The Help | [Kathryn Stockett]

The Help

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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Sarah TWO HARBORS, MN, USA 06-06-09
    Sarah TWO HARBORS, MN, USA 06-06-09
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    This is an amazing book and the narration is outstanding. I didn't want it to end! You absolutely feel like you really know the characters. Definitely you want to listen to this book!

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    Sara Rosemount, MN, United States 06-06-09
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    This book was fantastic, the narrators were some of the best I have heard. I was sad to have it end and would recommend it to anyone. Great story line, great character development and great narration!!!

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    Brenda Alexander City, AL, USA 06-06-09
    Brenda Alexander City, AL, USA 06-06-09 Member Since 2011
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    "Lovin' it!"

    This audiobook is one of the best I've heard in a very long time. Kathryn Stockett has defined the many characters in the book very well, so its fairly easy to keep up with them, plus the narratives are first rate! The story line is about the lives of Negro maids working for white families in the 50's and early 60's. It has all the elements I look for... It's serious, sad sometimes, and yet has realistic comical moments. I loved listening to it and most likely will listen to it again and again.

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    "One of my all time favorites"

    This was a terrific story with wonderful readers. With 3 readers, it was more like a play. Absolutely wonderful!!

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    "Amazing story & narration"

    This is an amazing book. The story itself, the structure and the subject matter are exceptional, but the narration will blow you away. I usually prefer reading but this is one thast I can't recommend the audio book enough.

    I don't usually review either but had to do it on this one.

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    "I second all rave reviews!"

    I just wanted to add my voice to the chorus of praise. A beautiful story that danced with excellent narration. Touching the same place in my heart as the Secret Life of Bees.

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    Sandra Sierra Madre, CA, United States 06-01-09
    Sandra Sierra Madre, CA, United States 06-01-09
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    "Wonderful!"

    I have not yet finished this book. I came back here because I wanted to know more about the author. The narration and the book itself is totally absorbing. I can't stop listening so I've been carrying my iPhone around with headphones. Ranks up there with Secret Life of Bees. Expert narration, I think, makes all the difference, even to an excellent book. This is expert and excellent. A must "read"!

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    Redolent of Secret Life of Bees. Scout's voice. You will stay up all night listening.

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    Jackie WARSAW, IN, United States 05-31-09
    Jackie WARSAW, IN, United States 05-31-09 Member Since 2014
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    I loved the subject of this novel. The narrators do a superb job. I was sorry when it ended. A must read and would make a great selection for a book club.

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    This was the best Audible book I have ever listened to and there have been a few! The narrators were exceptional and made listening to this book almost like attending the theater. I felt like I was there with them.

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