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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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    Anita San francisco, CA, USA 03-02-10
    Anita San francisco, CA, USA 03-02-10 Member Since 2006
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    "Couldn't stop"

    I was so sad when the book / audio ended...
    I wanted to keep listening to the stories of theses women. Great narration by several women.

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    goodiebythesea sunny st.pete 03-02-10
    goodiebythesea sunny st.pete 03-02-10 Member Since 2011

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    "Terrifically awesome"

    Not my usual kind of book, but thought I would listen and either agree or disagree with all the fuss. Much to my surprise, it grabbed me with the first paragraph and its been an absolute wonderful, awesome read. The descriptions of each character were written to perfection; their voices, perfect. The lives, dreams and disappointments are today, so hard to imagine. I found myself pulling for each person and saying outloud "yes yes yes". an inspiring story. A definite favorite.

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    Jane Henderson, NV, USA 03-02-10
    Jane Henderson, NV, USA 03-02-10 Member Since 2011
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    "Made me laugh and made me want to cry."

    I loved this book. The characters were real. We all have some one like Hilly in our life (unless you are the Hilly) and some one like Minnie, who some how manages to gain the upper hand on the bully. I couldn't wait for the the drive to and from work so I could see what all the character were up too! I can't wait for Ms. Stockett's next book!

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    Holly Austin, TX, USA 03-01-10
    Holly Austin, TX, USA 03-01-10 Member Since 2012
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    "Audiobook trumps Print this time"

    The Mississippi sound and rhythm of these voices had me engrossed in the story within minutes. Eighteen hours flies by, and the author's remarks at the end are a perfect finish.

    Any age 50+/- Southern Girl will find these characters lodged in her heart.

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    Peggy huntington beach, CA, USA 02-28-10
    Peggy huntington beach, CA, USA 02-28-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Great Book"

    Wasn't crazy about the ending but loved the book. The readers were the best I've listen to.

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    East Tn tennessee 02-27-10
    East Tn tennessee 02-27-10 Listener Since 2009
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    "wonderful read and listen"

    Wonderful audiobook. A friend read the book and had the same response- 5 star rating. She and I have recommended it to all our reading/listening friends. I am so glad it was my first Audible download.

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    Gizelle Gardnerville, NV, USA 02-26-10
    Gizelle Gardnerville, NV, USA 02-26-10
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    "Terrific"

    I couldn't stop listening to this audible book. The characters are strong and Skeeter is a woman ahead of her time. Its a nice slice of history from the 60's told with a great storyline.

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    Anne Brooklyn, NY, USA 02-26-10
    Anne Brooklyn, NY, USA 02-26-10
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    "The Help Is Totally Engaging"

    It has been a long time since I have been so engaged in a book as I was with "The Help." I cared about the characters, always the hallmark of a good story and, old enough to remember the Civil Rights Movement of the 60s, it resonated with me. Choose this book and fall in love with a cast of strong women.

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    Lisa Burlingame 02-26-10 Member Since 2014
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    "Awsome Listen"

    This is one of the best audio books I've ever listened to. The character development was amazing and enhanced by the narrators. The story was moving and kept me engaged through the entire book. When I finished it I felt like I had lost actual friends! I want to know what happened to them next. Incredible book!

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    Misti Altamont, KS, USA 02-26-10
    Misti Altamont, KS, USA 02-26-10 Member Since 2014
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    "A great book!!!"

    This book is AMAZING!!! Very good to listen to.The narrators are great!!!

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