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

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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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    This is my favorite audiobook of all time. I can't express how much this story moved me. I am sad that I am not still listening to it. I only hope I can find a book that brings me half as much joy as this has brought me...

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    The narrators bring this book to life. They became my friends. I cared about what happened to them. They made me laugh and cry. This is a important story of how it felt to be black, hired help in the south during the 1960s.

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    I absolutely loved the writing and the narration. All of the narrators do such a good job of bringing the characters to life! I thought the book was excellent, one of a few that I'd give 5 stars to. I only wish the book was longer, I'd love to hear more about the lives of these women!

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    This book was amazing. I enjoyed every minute of it. I did not want it to end. I hope the author writes more books involving the same characters. Listen for sure.

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