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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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    Brook Coral Springs, FL, USA 03-07-10
    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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    Cindyhasitall 03-06-10 Member Since 2015
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    "This book is a must read"

    If you enjoyed "To Kill a Mockingbird" then this is a follow up. I really believe this should be a required reading by every Senior High School student prior to graduation. I loved it.

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    Cherita Gaithersburg, MD, USA 03-05-10
    Cherita Gaithersburg, MD, USA 03-05-10 Member Since 2001
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    "Awesome!"

    Finished this book awhile ago; but it keeps coming to mind and I was compelled to write a review. My Best Listen in a long time! Well written, captivating story with superb narration. The narrators were incredible and kept pulling you in for more. Their voices sounded like each of the characters. I applaud this author, Kathryn Stockett and will definitely read more of her books.

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    Cindy Lexington, KY, USA 03-05-10
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    "I agree with "Dawn" - Captivating..."

    "Dawn's" post on March 5th says it beautifully. This story and the characters touched the deepest part of my soul and gave me a deeper understanding of those times. Wonderfully written, very engaging and worth your time!

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    Melinda Irick 03-04-10 Member Since 2008
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    "The Help"

    My father grew up in Mississippi. I loved this story! I had great difficulty putting it down to do daily life!

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    Denise Wallace 03-04-10

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    "Loved it!"

    Everytime I had to turn it off I couldn't wait for the next time I had time to listen. I loved the story and the readers!!!!

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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
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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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