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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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    Sue Anderson 08-21-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Great portrayal of the time"

    The portrayals could not have been better. I loved listening to the black servants talk about their daily lives. Emotionally gripping.

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    Gerald Terryville, CT, United States 08-21-09
    Gerald Terryville, CT, United States 08-21-09
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    "The Help"

    I enjoyed this book. The characters evolve and keep your interest. Great narraters, very well done.

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    Janet LAKE FOREST, CA, United States 08-21-09
    Janet LAKE FOREST, CA, United States 08-21-09 Member Since 2010
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    "loved it!"

    I usually don't listen to books quite this "feminine"-I mostly listen to politcal/historical stuff, but I loved this book, I couldn't get enough. I would drive anywhere just to listen and then sit in the driveway and listen some more. Riveting, thought provoking and moving.

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    Katharine boston, MA, USA 08-20-09
    Katharine boston, MA, USA 08-20-09
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    "AMAZING"

    I am not even certain I LIKE listening to books instead of reading them - but this one made me stop my life and do NOTHING but listen until it was done. The voices are superb, the characters are fascinating. I think I miss them in my life - and truly, I might listen to the whole thing again. This was the best use of my audible points - you HAVE to get it for yourself!

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    M. Thompson 08-20-09
    M. Thompson 08-20-09
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    "Sad for it to end"

    Story: excellent
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    Can't say enough good about this book. I hope we get more from Kathryn Stockett.

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    Leah Duluth, GA, USA 08-19-09
    Leah Duluth, GA, USA 08-19-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Best Book I've Ever "Read""

    Everything about this book was great. The content was superb and a haunting reminder of life in the south. The voices will stick with me for years to come. I have missed the characters since the book was over!

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    Leslie Brooks 08-19-09 Member Since 2009
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    "The Help"

    I have just finished listening to "The Help". The women who narrate this book are outstanding; their voices really bring the novel to life. I found myself mesmerized by the characters' stories and couldn't wait to hear what happened next (it's amazing how much cleaning I got done the days I listened!)Although some situations and characters were not fully developed (Celia, for example)I nevertheless recommend this novel. The author did an excellent job interweaving the stories of three women trying to make sense of their lives in the 1960s South.

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    Betsy Albuquerque, NM, USA 08-19-09
    Betsy Albuquerque, NM, USA 08-19-09
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    "WOW!!"

    As a southern girl, raised by "Help", I really appreciate this book. The audio version gives such life to the characters that is both authentic and entertaining. Read it and fall in love with the "Help". These women were (and are still today) wonderful, amazing, loving people. My Eula Mae is as close to me as my Mom. Eula Mae raised me and my 13 siblings while raising her own 13 children. She is my hero and my inspiration for life. She is my comfort and was my guide in raising my own 3 children. She still works for my mom and now my brother and sister who still live in Louisiana. We all love her dearly and will forever treasure our memories with her. The "Help"...real live southern life!!

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    Jewelry Lover Baltimore, MD United States 08-19-09
    Jewelry Lover Baltimore, MD United States 08-19-09 Member Since 2001

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    "Absolutely Engrossing"

    I have NEVER written a review of an audiobook. Not because I haven't thoroughly enjoyed previous books, but mostly because I wasn't inspired to necessarily tell others about a book just because I enjoyed it. But...The Help is one of those books that I just have to tell others about. I loved every minute of this book. The narration was EXCELLENT!!! Every voice was captivating. The writing was so profound. I really can't say enough about it. I tell everyone who will listen how great this book is. You won't be disappointed.

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    M. K. Wyber USA 08-19-09
    M. K. Wyber USA 08-19-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Fantastic Listen"

    This is a fantastic listen and I think it is an important book. The narration is wonderful and the story is gripping. I couldn't stop listening.

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