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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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    QuantumRealtor 03-10-10 Member Since 2014
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    "The Help is Amazing"

    As I listened to this book, I was blown away by the talent of the author. She captured the dialect, but more importantly the spirit and essence of Mississippi in the mid 1960s. I am a mother of 4 children in the year 2010. I have had "help" all of my childrens' lives. I was given a glimpse and had to ask myself, how much of these issues are relevant today.

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    Debbie 03-10-10
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    "A delightful story"

    The tenor of this story was just so sweet. The protagonist is clearly sympathetic. The last track of the audio-book is an epilogue from the author, where she reveals she had a much loved black domestic in her life, a woman that worked for her grandmother. The love and respect she had for this woman oozes from this book. I loved every minute. The narration absolutely makes a great story even better. Kathryn, don't stop...

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    Marjorie Mosier, OR, United States 03-10-10
    Marjorie Mosier, OR, United States 03-10-10 Member Since 2011
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    "wow!"

    It doesn't get any better than this. It's great storytelling combined with great performance.

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    AmazonJoe 03-10-10
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    "fabulous!"

    Fabulously entertaining! The characters become your best friends.

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    sabina fonyuy TERRE HAUTE, IN, US 03-10-10
    sabina fonyuy TERRE HAUTE, IN, US 03-10-10 Member Since 2013
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    "very interesting"

    could not stop listening. voices were very soothing

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    Connie S. Wallmark Lake, MS USA 03-09-10
    Connie S. Wallmark Lake, MS USA 03-09-10 Member Since 2004
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    "I lived this book"

    I am born, raised and live in MS. This book was my childhood and I loved my "Bessie" as a 2nd mother. This book brought my childhood memories back to the forefront and my shame for the way things were, although I was not aware as a child. I loved this book and I hope there are more by this author soon.

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    Heather Fresno, CA, USA 03-08-10
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    "The Help"

    Fantastic Book! Loved it!

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    Jen W 03-08-10
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    "Looking for books from this author"

    This wonderfully written book had me looking to find out if the author had written anything else. It reminded me a little of the Secret Life of Bees in tone. The women who read for this novel did an excellent job. Each voice brought me inside the book.

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    aen miami 03-08-10
    aen miami 03-08-10 Listener Since 2009

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    "great story and great narration"

    i don't usually listen to fiction audiobooks but i decided to try this one out based on the excellent reviews. it's so good and so well narrated that i laugh out loud while listening to my ipod. i'm pacing myself because i don't want to listen to it too quickly and i want to enjoy it. highly recommend.

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    Brook Coral Springs, FL, USA 03-07-10
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    "loved it!"

    One of the best books I've "read" in a really long time. I was listening to it everywhere because it was so intriguing. The different voices made the story so rich and poignant.

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