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 definitely recommend this book. The narrators were very authentic sounding, and having so many character's voices made it much more enjoyable to listen to. I couldn't wait to hear what was going to happen next, the story was captivating. I think the author did a great job letting us into the lives of the "colored people", as well as Eugenia's perspective of a very frustrating and unfair time in history.
Hearing the different voices read the various characters was wonderful. i'm sorry my friends who would "rather read the book" missed out on the dialects and warmth of the voices.
I loved this book! It made me sad, happy and mad. I remember hearing simular stories growing up.This could have easily been non fiction.
This is what I look for in a story. I found myself checking, over and over, how much time was left in the book, not wanting it to end. I was completely involved with these characters, and didn't want them to go on in their lives without me. I really hesitated before buying this book - it seemed to be a woman's story and almost all the reviewers are women. Glad I got past that - this is one of the very best of 100's of Audible offerings I've downloaded. The Help is testament to the power of great character development. The readers are as talented as they come, and really add to the richness of the presentation.
This story of "the colored" household help in the 50's and 60's provides a perspective on segregation that I hadn't read before, which are the everyday indignities that these domestic workers suffered, even as they tended to and loved many of the white children of their employers. The reader is struck by how much both blacks and whites lost under the system but this is a story of change and of human redemption. The book is highly entertaining despite the serious issues, and the excellent readers make it captivating.
After reading the reviews, I used one of my credits on this book, experiencing immediate buyer's remorse. "Why was I taken in by the hype. I don't want to listen to a book about Black maids in the South."
Boy, was I wrong. This is a great listen, and I empathize 'listen.' It's a fantastic audible production. I have a hard time putting it down, and this is from a guy that enjoys Jack Reacher and other similar stories (action, blood, and gore).
I am White and was raised in the South (Texas). I would have been about the same age as the White women in this book in 1962. Every time one of them speaks, I think I'm listening to one cousin in particular. The author has her down pat.
Excellent book. I'd give it 5 stars any day.
This book was very well written with facinating characters. The narrativion was beautiful. It provided a glimpse into the not so distant past that was illuminating without being too heavy. I laughed aloud as well as shed some tears. I did not want this book to end.
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