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)
Bought this book for two friends before I even finished listening to my copy. Very compelling. One of the best books in my Audible library!
...this is far and away my favorite listening experience since starting with Audible.com some 125+ books ago. The combination of writer and narrators is perfect--each reader is at the very top of their field. There was not one moment of the 18 hours when my mind wandered. I can't pretend to know what life was really like for these women in the 60's, but I feel as if I got a glimpse. The experience has definitely changed me a little and I am having trouble listening to anything else in the wake of this gem of a book. I hope we hear much more from Katherine Stockett.
i once read voraciously, can't anymore, and have searched for a great "listen" for months, and finally stumbled on "the help"--i loved it. the narrators are excellent. the four voices contributed to a sense of listening to a stage play. i liked the author's willingness to have parts of the story not turn out so well for some characters, kind of like real life. i look forward to more from this author.
This is a tale well-told, both by the author and the narrators. I was a child in the 60s and knew these events were real. This book presents the difference between hearing the news and living the news. Yes, real people were treated this way. Are we doing it again with tent cities and rising rates of hunger during this economic storm?
I absolutely LOVED this book and am so very sorry that it is over! It was like watching a captivating movie where the images were not on a screen but instead colorful and dancing in my mind's eye. The writing and narration allowed me to take part in the story in a new way. I was mesmerized. I found myself rooting for some characters and scowling at others. The narrators made it easy to distinguish between characters and their reading provided a richness of sound and accent to the writing. I laughed, I cried, I shook my head, cursed and celebrated. As a white woman, I felt shame for my own race and how we have behaved and in some cases continue to. I felt like I knew the characters better than any other book I have listened to. I hope the writers and readers win many awards and are recognized over and over again for this incredible work of art. I am truly grateful!
I chose this book after reading other reviews and was totally engrossed from the moment I started listening. The story takes place at a time I was coming of age and the three main characters each ring true to the period. Each character faces her own individual struggles but ultimately they find strength through one another effecting change for themselves and the women around them. I especially enjoyed Aibileen , a strong dignified woman, who found a way to make a difference in the life of a young child. Minny struggles with herself and her circumstances. Eugenia or Skeeter comes of age. All exhibited bravery in this wonderful story.
One of the best books ever! I was completely engrossed from start to finish. Kathryn Stockett has inspired me to learn more about this time period! The narrators were top notch, bringing every character alive for me!
The story is perfectly crafted. The voices are perfectly cast. I am afraid I will never find this perfection again.
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