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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

Critic Reviews

"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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Great Plot

It was a pleasure to listen to the story of black maids helping a white woman to write a book about their experiences in the early 60ties and the consequences of the book being published..

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  • Stephanie
  • Tupelo, MS, United States
  • 04-13-10

Wonderful, wonderful book!

I loved it! Wonderful book and the readers made it even better! I def. recommend it!

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love this book

It's much better than Olive Kittridge.

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I loved everything about this audiobook! I loved the story, the narrator....everything!
It is a great summer beach "book."

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  • Tina
  • Granada Hills, CA, USA
  • 04-10-10

It was a great book...

I really enjoyed this book.

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  • Dawn
  • Seattle, WA, USA
  • 04-09-10

One of the best audio books

This book feels more like a play than an audiobook. I highly recommend it. The narration is wonderful and the story is informative and compelling.

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  • Penny
  • Bay Shore, NY, USA
  • 04-07-10

I loved it!

I was so moved when listening, I couldn't wait til I had a free moment to hear more. These women became my friends and I hung on every word. A beautiful story, I would recommend to everyone.

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  • Lily
  • Lexington, MA, USA
  • 04-07-10


Artfully written story and beautiful narration. Thank you for this book!

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Highly Recommended

While attending a party, four of the women I spoke to had just read "The Help." I took this as a high recommendation and decided to get the book through Audible. From the first pages I was drawn in to the story. The several narrators did a great job; it felt as though they were "telling" me their story, not reading a book. I'm sorry the story is over.

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  • Gary
  • Hayward, CA, USA
  • 04-03-10

Amazing, touchinig, brilliant

I just finished this book and was so sad that it ended. I wanted it to go on and continue to follow these characters' lives.

The book is extremely well written, the characters are fully realized and the story is narrated by four very talented actresses. I almost want to tell people not to read the book but listen to it. The life these women bring to each character made experiencing "The Help" all the more fulfilling.